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


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 8 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Pull-in site, max length 20ft
No hookups
Potable water available
Wifi available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
Pack it out
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: 25% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


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


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


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 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.


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


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


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.


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


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


It is a rustic, natural beach without sand.


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


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

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


The vibe at Great Pond Camping at The Dome

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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 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 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 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.

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