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Campground Review – Bar Harbor

Posted by on April 11, 2011

Another travel day on our journey north. I hadn’t planned on driving after 2 p.m. as I wanted to enjoy a campground while the daylight lasted. Checking the internet I found Bar Harbor RV Park near Abingdon, MD. The photos and website made it enticing. It also contained a marina and we’re always searching for a launch spot if we decide to house the pontoon elsewhere. Afterall, in this part of Maryland, we’re only about an hour and forty-five minutes from the kids. We arrived at 2 in the afternoon and our camp hostess was most accommodating. Usual check-in time is 4, but she permitted our early arrival, suggesting a pull-in site on the wharf .

Our site sits a mere ten feet from the banks of the Bush River which empties directly into the Chesapeake Bay. I thought the $52 daily cost a bit pricey but she did give us a $3 discount. I was hoping for the elusive “it” factor. The sites are level, each with its own concrete pad, picnic table, full WES hookups and dozens of channels on the parks cable system, but the proximity between you and your neighbor is close, not touchable, but close. The aesthetics however, were absent. Perhaps it was due to the lack of sunshine as that will often do it.  Maybe it was due to the fact that it’s only mid April and spring cleaning has yet to be initiated. I’m sure fresh gravel, repairing of the ruts across grassy areas, power spraying, several rakes and a hundred dozen flowers are in order once May rolls around. I love the power of Photoshop as it’s applied to campground websites. All in all, this is a decent overnight stay. If you’re a mariner, the river and subsequent bay offers miles and miles of shorline and eventually the Atlantic Ocean. On my personal scale of 1 to 10, I’m going to dole out a handsome 6, giving the benefit of the doubt that it’s still early in the season. We’ll head to Lake In Wood in the morning, planting ourselves there for another stint this summer season.





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