Celeste and Tim Barr of Milford, N.H., were among the first visitors to set up camp at the new Schoodic Woods Campground after it opened Sept. 1. PHOTO BY JACQUELINE WEAVER

Business off to strong start at Schoodic Woods Campground

WINTER HARBOR — Schoodic Woods Campground, which opened for business Sept. 1, had all of its available sites filled over the Labor Day weekend.

The campground now owned by the National Park Foundation and operated by the National Park Service has 46 of its 94 sites open.

“We were full Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said John Kelly, management specialist for Acadia National Park. “Everything is going very smoothly.”

The other RV and tent sites are still closed to allow for grass and plantings to take root.

Kelly said there are 23 RV sites and 23 sites for tents and smaller campers available in the campground that abuts Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula.

The nine hike-to sites and the two group camping sites also won’t be available until next year.

The campground this season is open until Oct. 12, Columbus Day weekend, on a first come, first served basis.

In 2016, Schoodic Woods will open Memorial Day weekend and close Columbus Day weekend.

All campsites will be reserved through the National Park Service registration system.

At a ribbon cutting for the campground Sept. 2, U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) thanked the benefactor who made it all possible and who chooses to remain anonymous.

‘This will bring people to the region,” said King, who, with his wife, Mary, camped at Schoodic Woods that night in their recreational vehicle. “This will give people a taste of Downeast Maine.”

King said there were four “p’s” at work in the undertaking: a vision and plan, partnership, perseverance and passion.

“This will benefit generations we know not of,” King said.

The campground was built on 100 acres of 3,200 acres of land purchased from a developer in Italy. A conservation easement was obtained for 1,400 acres, including the campground.

The massive undertaking also includes 8.5 miles of new bicycle trails and about five miles of new hiking paths.

Kelly said campers who register must purchase a one week pass for the park.

However, purchasing park passes will be on the honor system for others who will be using the trails or navigating the scenic loop road around the park.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]

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