I figured this would be a good post to append our trip report to. There isn't nearly as much info on this site about the East coast as there is the West.
My wife and I got away by ourselves in early August for a week in celebration of our anniversary. We stayed on Mount Desert Island (pronounced like "dessert") at the Bass Harbor campground.
This was our very first camping trip so I don't have a lot to judge it by, but here goes.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. There was a mix-up with site reservations and when we arrived after driving all day we found another camper on our spot. Aparently someone in the office got numbered sites A and B mixed up when the other campers arrived. Because it was late in the day, we just set up on the other site and agreed that we'd figure it out in the morning. We actually liked that site so much that we spent the week there rather than moving to "our" spot. While it was a longer walk to the bathrooms, etc, it was a much larger and more private site. At nighttime or when the sounds in the campground had died down you could hear the bell on a buoy offshore from the lighthouse. Very relaxing.
The campground is on the "quiet" side of he island, away from the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor but the island is small enough that it is not too far to drive over there if you'd like, as we did. It's a short walk to the Bass Harbor lighthouse, described as being one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. There are also a couple of hiking trails out to the ocean that you could drive or walk to from the campground. The coast is beautiful - it's predominantly pink granite. We also drove to the top of Cadilac Mountain and the views there are breathtaking. The mountain itself is also mostly pink granite.
The campground is under new ownership. it looks like the previous owners had let it fall
into somewhat of a state of disrepair but it looks like the new owners are working on bringing it back up. The bathroom facilities look... old, but clean. There is a rec hall and a pool, as well as a camp store and laundry facilities. The rec hall has a free wi-fi access point, which makes it easy to check your E-mail and keep in touch if you so desire.
While we were there, we saw no molded fiberglass other than one 16' Scamp
at a gas station. The campground was populated by tents, mid-sized travel trailers, pop-ups, and a few larger 5th wheels and coaches. Other than that, we did see one vintage Scotty and an Aliner.
I had intended on staying at the Seawall National Forest campground,
not far from Bass Harbor, but they don't accept reservations and I didn't want to chance driving all the way there only to find that they were full up.
All in all, I'd go back again. Acadia National Forest is beautiful and there are plenty of things to do on the island to keep busy. One of my most favorite activities was the tour of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
They have a touch tank there where you can handle all different kinds of marine life. Fun AND educational!