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Ocean Wood Campground

Birch Harbor, ME

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If ocean-front camping is your pleasure, then Ocean Wood CG on Maine's Schoodic Peninsula, is a place you ought to visit. Owner Mike Brunton has kept the campground as natural as possible, while offering the necessities. Ocean Woods is just a few miles from Acadia National Park's Schoodic Peninsula. 

Update 2009: campground has been sold and no longer offers camping - a great loss.

Update September 2016: The property has been purchased by Roxanne Quimby, who says she plans to re-open the campground after minor repairs are made.

207 963-7194

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We arrived at Ocean Wood in late September, and were fortunate to find a prime waterfront site available. Unfortunately, however, it had a reservation for the next night, so our stay was short. We were on site 18.

Date of visit: Sep 2007

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The quintessential rockbound coast of Maine was just a few steps from our site. At night we could see the light from a distant lighthouse while the light from the rising moon glimmered across the water.

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You can probably imagine that we spent most of time out on the rocks, enjoying the constantly-changing scene as the tide rose and fell.

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Site 20 is another of the prime sites. There are 67 sites - 51 of them are on the campground loop road, while there are 16 so-called wilderness, or walk-in, sites.

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Site 3 isn't too bad either!

There are 4 pull-through sites, and 16 sites with water and 30A electric. There is a dump station.

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And then there's number 10, which is a rather private site.

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Site 16 also offers great ocean views and access to the rocks.

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If you're not fortunate enough to get a waterfront site, the remaining sites are pretty similar to this one, number 26.

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Located in the middle of the campground is this modern, VERY clean bathhouse, complete with free hot showers.

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I don't usually show the bathhouse interior, but I thought the vase and hanging flowers were a nice touch.

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Wake up early enough and you have a great spot for watching the sunrise.

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Now for the bad news: just a few days after our visit, an auction was scheduled. Once again, our archaic tax laws, which tax property on potential use, rather than actual use, are driving another wonderful campground out of business. The owner thinks he may come through this, but the town has supposedly already approved the subdivision plans. I'll have to watch for news of how this turns out. In the meantime, we feel lucky to have experienced the natural beauty of Ocean Wood.

Amenities

$22-31 off-season/ $25-39 summer

Open early May to late October

Verizon Wireless Extended Network Service

Nearby Attractions

Acadia National Park

Coordinates: 44.377648 N, 68.027413 W

Elevation: 20'

 

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