And that's why we stayed here for a week -- it is quiet, scenic,
very convenient to Acadia National Park, and reasonably priced.
were lucky to get in. We didn't make an advanced reservation, unless you
count calling half an hour before our arrival to see if any sites were
available! We figured since it was after Labor Day that most tourists
would be gone and we'd have a campground and the park pretty much to ourselves.
Boy, was that ever wrong!! This is a prime vacation season for people
without school-age kids.
First site = full hookups but
The only inconvenience, however, was
having to change campsites during our stay.
We initially paid for four days because we didn't know how much there
would be to do nearby. We found plenty, and asked to extend three more
days so we could see and do more things and also qualify for the less-expensive
We couldn't keep our full hookup site (shown above)
beyond four days but that turned out to be A Good Thing -- we got
the lower weekly rate after the fact (i.e., a deduction for what we'd
already paid), and we liked our new partial hookup
site so much more that we moved into it a day early:
Second site = no sewer but more
room and some other advantages
The owners and staff are great to work with and we highly recommend
this place. More about the campground, the nearby beach, and a surprise
we enjoyed in a little bit . . .
The drive on Wednesday morning along the Atlantic coast from Calais to Hadley's
Point was so much nicer weather-wise than the drive from Prince Edward Island
to Calais the day before.
Early fog and light rain along the coast soon burned off and
we could enjoy the views during our relatively short 139-mile drive:
We were on US 1 most of the way except for a tangent on US 1A between
Harrington and Millbridge, and then ME 3 from Ellsworth to Mount Desert
Island and our campground.
This is a scenic drive with lots of views of the St. Croix River,
several large bays and channels, and the Atlantic Ocean.
The tide was
low as we passed this bay but we could see blue water in the
You need to be
patient if you take this coastal route.
US 1 is slow because it goes through lots of small towns and road
conditions were only fair to good. Traffic was light until we got to ME 3 on the
way to Mount Desert Island, location of popular Bar Harbor and Acadia
We saw some changing foliage, reddish fields, and lots of wildflowers
on this drive but I didn't get any good photos of them. (I made it up in
Acadia National Park with about a gazillion pictures.)
HADLEY'S POINT CAMPGROUND
Here's a map section from the Acadia National Park website that shows
the location of our campground (red dot):
Hadley's Point juts out into Mt. Desert Narrows and Eastern Bay on
the north (mainland) side
of Mount Desert Island. The campground is named for the point.
The green areas that are highlighted are various units of the
national park. We loved being so close to the park because it was the
focus of our week in this area. There are at least three other
private campgrounds within a few miles of Hadley's Point.
Our campground has about 200 sites to accommodate everything from
tents to big rigs:
I marked our two sites with black dots but they're hard
to see on the map. You can see a larger site map on the Hadley's Point CG
Sites range in size from small to large, wooded or open, pull-thrus
and back-ins, with or without hookups.
Our first site (yellow row in map above) was pull-thru on gravel with grass.
It had full hookups and 30-amp electricity; some sites have 50 amps.
Our second spot (black dot in blue area next to dotted lines
on map above) was a back-in site up a large grassy field; it had 30-amp
electricity and water but no sewer:
We liked the four days we spent in that site better --
more room, lots of grass for the dogs, places closer to walk them to potty,
better TV and WiFi reception, closer to the office and laundry. No sewer
was OK for us. We weren't there long enough to have to dump our gray
and black water until we left.
The campground has restrooms, showers, and a dump station for those who need
them. It also offers optional Honey Wagon service for folks who don't have
sewer hookups, a Blue Boy, or the inclination to move their RV to the dump
station. I don't think I've seen Honey Wagon service anywhere else we've stayed
but it's a great idea. The other options are a lot more work and absolutely no fun.
Hadley's Point Campground also has 16 rather new cabins, a laundry room,
camp store, office, swimming pool, games, and free shuttle service to
Acadia National Park.
Cabins under very tall trees
The RV sites were mostly full the whole week we were there. I already mentioned
how surprised we were that so many visitors were in the area after Labor Day.
We'd advise advanced reservations here, if possible, any time the campground
is open since this is such a popular tourist destination. We checked out another
nearby RV park that was our second choice and it was also pretty full.
WALK, NO, RUN THIS WAY
The nice surprise at the campground that I mentioned near the beginning of
the entry was the dog agility competition we learned about when we first called
to see if the campground had any space for us.
The information came more as a warning to us re: all the dogs until we said we had dogs, too, and
being able to watch the competition would be fun!
So in addition to all the other people in our campground who wanted to visit
Acadia NP, Bar Harbor, and other places on the island, dozens of dog
owners and trainers from the Eastern Maine Agility Club had one
large section of the campground reserved several days for their
agility competition. (It's the light green area denoting a huge
field surrounded by 50+ sites, shown at the bottom of the map above.)
We really enjoyed watching the club members set up all the equipment on
Thursday, practice with their dogs on Friday, and compete on Saturday and Sunday.
Even though we spent quite a bit of time touring the island and hiking/cycling
in Acadia National Park, we wandered down to the field at least once a day
to see what was going on.
The dog owners were happy to explain some of the procedures and judging standards
to us and talk about training their dogs for competition. It's a lot of work
but mostly fun and the physical activity is great for both the owners and their dogs.
Although the event was organized and structured it was more informal than the
agility competitions we've seen on TV -- but not so informal that we could let
our dogs use the equipment when it was being set up or taken down. We
didn't even ask since we were just spectators. Cody and Casey love the agility
tunnels and jumps we sometimes find at dog parks.
A dog gores through its paces during the competition.
One day I spotted an older man at the agility event who was wearing the same t-shirt
from Prince Edward Island that I showed in a previous entry -- same
color, same striking design. I had mine on, too. I walked up to him when he wasn't busy,
said "Nice shirt!" and watched his reaction. He smiled and said thank
you, then noticed I had on the same shirt.
We both got a good chuckle and began reminiscing about the
things we loved about that island and talking about our dogs.
SUNSETS AT HADLEY'S POINT
One reason we'd return to this campground if we ever visit Acadia NP again is its
proximity to Hadley's Point Beach, which faces the mainland beyond Mt. Desert
Narrows and Eastern Bay. The beach is half a mile or less down a little road
next to the campground. The final descent is steep but manageable walking back
up if you're relatively fit.
We walked or drove down several times while we were here so we could let the
dogs play in the water. Like other
folks, we enjoyed going down to watch sunsets in the evening:
I took these photos on two different evenings:
Above and below: Boats are tied up a
couple hundred feet from shore, perhaps to accommodate tides?
Since this is a public beach anyone can use it. We were glad it
was so convenient to our campground because we might not have known about it otherwise.
Next entry: lots more places everyone can enjoy on
Mount Desert Island -- scenes from our sightseeing tours
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2014 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil