Main St | Informal Campsite

United States

Details

Verified:
6 months ago
Altitude:
1.8 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
david

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
Yes
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
No
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Description

The city allows RV parking here. It’s a long stretch of road next to the park. We saw class b and c RVs here. As well as DIY self-build rigs. Parking is $2 usd an hour. Mon-sat 8am-9pm. Sunday 12pm-9pm. Great deal and very quiet at night. Steps from the strip.

Showers are available at the YMCA across the street. $8 or $5 for veterans

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I stayed last night and was the only visitor and a little surprised by that. All of the campgrounds in the area are closed so expected more RVs.

Parked during the later half of the day to work and a few people came and went.

Like everyone says. $2 an hour.

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Police came at 9:00pm and handed warnings to every RV parked here. We came out of the vehicle and chatted with the officer who was very polite and told us he was not going to kick us out this time... There is a blanket city-wide ordinance that prohibits sleeping in a vehicle.

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We stayed here in our camper van at the end of August 2023 for two nights to enjoy Acadia NP and had no problems. I stayed here last night, 23 October 2023, and woke up to the join Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Police Departments letter stuck to my windshield stating there is no overnight RV parking in this area. I called the Bar Harbor police department the same day and they transferred me to the parking department. The parking department told me the area is designated for RV parking, and RVs can park there overnight as long as you pay at the kiosk, but per city ordinance people cannot stay in the RVs overnight. So you can park there you just can’t physically stay there overnight. There is no in-city human camping outside of designated campgrounds. I asked why signage is not posted clarifying this nuisance so people understand - I did not get an answer. I was told to park at a campground (all closed for the season) or Walmart. My own opinion: Sad to get such an unwelcoming vibe from a city the benefits so much from tourism and an RV community that seems to respect the local community. The city doesn’t seem to mind the enormous 3k person cruise ship parked just offshore..

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Received a warning after one night here. Might have had something to do with the race the next day. Letter claimed overnighting was banned as of August 2022, but no signs anywhere so I think it's only enforced on occasion. But be warned it's possible you may be ticketed.

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Received a warning letter after one night here that overnight parking was not allowed.

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I tried staying within the designated RV spots but they're all full around 9:30 p.m. I ended up a few blocks away street parking. quiet night.

although when I was circling around the spot I noticed there were two police cars with lights on at the RV parking area. I have no idea what they were doing but they just left. so it must be okay to sleep in a vehicle. because there were at least 15 RVs parked here It's pretty obvious what's going on.

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Spent two nights here. On the second morning we woke up and had a warning note from Bar Harbor Police saying overnight parking not permitted. Several other RV’s had the same warning. See photo for details.

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Very nice. Free if you have a disability placard. Can stay for 72 hours or twice that with placard per city ordinance. Keep it clean! It’s next to the athletic field. YMCA access. May be hard to find a place before
9 pm.

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Very convenient! We parked here and then grabbed a shuttle to visit the Park. It was $18 for the 9 hours on Saturday, we overnighted and then left before noon on Sunday. BONUS: awesome Farmers Market on Sundays that is within steps and nice takeoff spot for bicycling!

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Spent one night, quiet evening. The road got a little busy around 6. Still better than paying for a camp site.

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stationnement sur le côté de la route. tranquille la nuit mais passant le matin.

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Stationnement payant de jour. 2$/h. Directement en ville. Parfait.

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It wouldn’t let me update my original description so adding here. It’s 2/hr up until 9pm. There were a ton of other rigs here earlier in the evening, now it’s just two of us. It’s right along a road so it’s slightly noisy but really not bad. Cell service is bouncing from 1 bar 5g to 2 bars LTE on ATT. There are toilets across the field. Lots of shops close at 9 here, so hoping the bathrooms are 24/7 but haven’t checked yet. Walking distance from stores and downtown.

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There are designated RV parking spots here. $2/hr but a lot of rigs can fit here. Overnight is allowed and encouraged so you’re not taking up room elsewhere in the city. YMCA is across the street and may have a day pass for showers (we’ll be trying that tomorrow)

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The city allows rv parking here. It’s a long stretch of road next to the park. We saw class b and c rvs here. As well as diy self build rigs. Parking is $2 usd an hour. Mon-sat 8am-9pm. Sunday 12pm-9pm. Great deal and very quiet at night. Steps from the strip.

Showers are available at the ymca across the street. $8 or $5 for veterans

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