Hipcamp host James M.
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Great Pond is a quiet wilderness type setting.   We own 19 acres of woods and lake frontage.  Campsite is very private.  There are several roads to hike and explore.  Swimming and fishing are quite good on the Great Pond.  The overall vibe of the area is very rural and quiet.  We are within walking distance of the Down East Sunrise Trail and a short drive to Acadia National

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Great Pond is a quiet wilderness type setting.   We own 19 acres of woods and lake frontage.  Campsite is very private.  There are several roads to hike and explore.  Swimming and fishing are quite good on the Great Pond.  The overall vibe of the area is very rural and quiet.  We are within walking distance of the Down East Sunrise Trail and a short drive to Acadia National Park.  We only have one campsite for future reference, that you can drive right up to.  Also, please give us a couple of days notice prior to arrival.  WiFi only available on deck of our house. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No kitchen
No showers
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Have a question? Send James a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain bikes on our dirt road and the Downeast Sunrise Trail is available.

Boating

Only your own canoes, kayaks, or small motorized boat.

Fishing

Must have fishing license. Great Pond is a shallow lake with bass, pickerel, white perch, and brook trout up the headwaters of...Read more

Hiking

Hiking is available on the various logging roads and ATV trails around our property. Also great hiking is available in nearby ...Read more

Horseback riding

Must have your own horse and feed and means of containing.

Paddling

Great Pond is a wonderful place for paddling kayaks or canoes. You will have to provide your own.

OHV

...only to and from the Downeast Sunrise Trail...no recreational driving on our property.

Climbing

Climbing opportunities are available in nearby Acadia National Park.

Snow sports

Cross country skiing or snow shoeing as snow permits. Must be skilled winter campers.

Swimming

Great Pond is great for swimming.

Wildlife watching

If you are an early riser, you have the opportunity to view deer, black bear, porcupine, squirrels, birds including bald eagles...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Great Pond Camping at The Dome in Maine.

Beach

It is a rustic, natural beach without sand.

Forest

Mostly red oak and red maple with scatterings of white pine, spruce, balsam fir and paper birch.

Lake

Great Pond is a natural lake with 234 acres of surface water.

Mountainous

Not far from Schoodic Mountain and the mountains of Acadia.

River, stream or creek

Great Pond is fed by the slow moving waters of Old Meadow Brook, which reportedly has brook trout in the headwaters.

Swimming hole

Great Pond

Wetlands

The vibe at Great Pond Camping at The Dome

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Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew W.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2018

We had a truly fantastic stay at Great Pond! My family and I made a last-minute request to pitch our tent and James kindly agreed to host us for three nights. James' property was magical, the perfect setting to unwind with our young children, star gaze, and lay in our hammock. Kayaking on the pond was a big hit. James was a generous and knowledgeable host. His site was the perfect spot to take in Downeast. Hope to come back again someday!

Hipcamper FRANCISCO
Francisco B.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2018

This site was quite nice!
Plenty of privacy and out of the beaten path.
Great for stargazing on a clear night.
Jim is very friendly and accommodating, allowing us to arrive pretty late and providing firewood and water for us at no extra cost.
Jim also runs a B&B in the property and loud yells and music could occasionally be heard through the woods but it is well out of sight and we still felt pretty secluded.
The B&B is a sweet dome-style house and I definitely recommend checking it out.
Some posts that look like the very start of a barn build provided an excellent place to string up our hammocks, though the site is large and flat and very suitable for any tents (which we also had with us).
Would definitely recommend you come check out Jim's place. You will not be disappointed!

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on August 16th, 2018

Thanks for the review. Sorry for the loud noise. It is not usually like that. Some people were having a party, across the lake and across the road, not on the lake. It destroys the natural ambiance of the area. But it is rare. Sorry I didn't get to see you off!

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Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher T.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2018

The campsite is private and basic, with just a fire ring. The host has a pair of kayaks that you can take out on the Great Pond and the river that feeds into it. I paddled up the river early in the morning and encounter a young bull moose and beaver! The campsite is about a 30 minute drive from Acadia National Park. Overall, a good camping experience.

Hipcamper Sam
Sam M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
September 6th, 2018

If you are looking for a cheap place to park your car for a night or two (as I was) near Bar Harbor, I give this place five stars. Be cautioned, however, that this is not a "destination" campsite. It is a spot to park your vehicle for the night. You will never see a "pond," and there is NO wi-fi available, despite what the listing may lead you to believe. I never met the host, but he seems to be a nice guy.

Hipcamper Phill
Phill M.
recommends this listing.
October 24th, 2018

If you're looking for a place to get away from the tourists, but still want to experience the beauty of Maine, this is it. Pristine land, and immense solitude.
My favorite part of the property is the lake that it sits next to. Be sure to take the kayak out for sunset, or sunrise. Absolutely breathtaking.

Hipcamper Jonah
Jonah F.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2019

We had a great time at The Dome campsite. We stayed for four nights with our family of four. We swam in the Great Pond and took out the Kayaks. We also made several day excursions to the Schoodic Peninsula and Donnel Pond. Ths site itself is a simple spot in the woods a few minutes walk from the pond which is really nice. James is very friendly and their Dome house is really interesting.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on October 19th, 2019

Thanks Jonah, hope to see you back next year.

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Hipcamper Elias

Outstanding experience!

Elias B.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2019

This has to be one of the best camping experiences I've ever had! The site was spacious and private, yet only a two-minute walk from the pond, which is great for swimming (water temperature was very comfortable in August), fishing, and kayaking (there were two kayaks + paddles + lifejackets available for use). James was an outstanding host and certainly made the stay enjoyable.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on August 22nd, 2019

Glad to have you guys. Come again!

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily C.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2019

Great experience! We took the kayaks out on the pond for a sunset paddle, had a campfire and looked at the stars.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on October 19th, 2019

Glad you had a good experience Emily.

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Hipcamper Kim
Kim S.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2019

Nice place. Everything was ready and excellent.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on October 19th, 2019

We hope it will be even better next year...

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Property
The Dome Primitive Camping
State
Maine
$10/night
1 Site

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