Our 6 acre slice of heaven is off the beaten path in an agricultural and fishing community on the Union River, 15 minutes drive from Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island. This drive in camping listing includes:
- Space to set up two, 4 man tents(see photos)
- Fires permitted only in the fire pit using provided, branches and dead wood on the property.
- Potable well water
- Outhouse access
- Etiquette of the pioneers- Help Keep birch trees alive by leaving their bark intact.
- Pets allowed on leash
- Check in: After 11AM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
The vibe at Birch Gate Campsite-Near Acadia
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Our stay at Birch Gate was great. We really wanted to get out to Acadia this fall to see the leaves and enjoy some hikes in the crisp fall air. What's great about this location being 30 minutes or so outside of Acadia is that you can easily access the park, but not have to constantly deal with the business that comes with Acadia's peak season. In addition, it's so close to a bunch of other great spots in Maine.
We really enjoyed the Birch Gate. With two tents it's nice and cozy, and has a great little table and excellent fire pit. Despite being not too deep into the woods you feel completely isolated. We mostly used the site for prepping big meals and hanging around the fire. Jed was super helpful as well!
I'd definitely come back here on our next visit to Acadia, it was a great setup.
Access and Convenience! The location puts you in a perfect location for trip to Mt Desert Island and Schoodic Point. Wood was provided for a fire at the site which is always a plus. The site is nestled into the woods with nice tree coverage and offers privacy that you can't find at most of the sites inside Acadia. I would certainly recommend this site for those looking to avoid the crowds of the national park.
Birch Gate Campsite is a relatively new campsite. The groundskeeper's name is Jed and he's a really nice fellow. Upon arrival at the site, he had a 5 gallon jug of potable water waiting, a makeshift table setup, firewood ready, and even one folding chair. The camp is actually on private land in somewhat of a rural suburb and it is about 25 minutes from Acadia.
Now, a couple things to note - since this is a relatively new camp, there are still some things being worked on. The outhouse was behind some brush but there were folks clearing that while we stayed. There are no facilities in addition to the outhouse and the campsites themselves are quite minimal. One of them is near a shed that doesn't look inviting at night, but it's quite pleasant during the day. The other sites are located in the front meadow (where they hope to have a garden in the near future).
While the county was under high fire alert (meaning don't light a campfire if you don't have to), Jed was accommodating and created a fire pit for us in the meadow.
If you're a rustic camper that wants minimal accommodations, but one that wants easy access to Acadia National Park, this place is your perfect spot. If you want a larger campground with a bit more of Acadia's beauty, this may not be your best bet. However, for the price, this campsite was hard to beat.
Great campground. The site is somewhat small but we comfortable fit two 2-person tents and two hammocks. Has a nice fire ring, and Jed (site manager) gave us 2 tables to cook with. Only downside is that although the description says the campsite is 15 minutes from Acadia, this depends on where in Acadia you're going. To get to most of the hiking in the park (as well as to the visitor center) it's more of a 30 minute drive. Other than that, great campground for the price and would recommend. Thanks!
Excellent spot close (25-30min) to Acadia. Very private (except for the deer and turkeys strolling around which we enjoyed!) and the site was well maintained! We enjoyed our stay and so did our pups.