New Campground, Attractions at Wild Acadia Camping Resort
TRENTON – Wild Acadia Camping Resort in Trenton reopened July 1 with new attractions and a brand new campground after being closed for renovations last summer.
The resort was closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and co-owner James Allen decided to use the closure to plan renovations. The following summer, because the resort would not see normal holiday traffic due to COVID, Allen decided to keep the resort closed and began building the amusement park and campground additions.
“Closed in 2020 for COVID, we’ve used this time to begin planning and designing this investment,” Allen said. “A little over a year ago we decided to build this and not open because it wasn’t going to be a normal season.”
During its closure, the resort added a new campground for guests and made several additions and improvements to their existing amusement park.
The biggest renovation was the construction of a campground in the woods behind the amusement park. The new campground has 90 campsites, with about two-thirds of the sites having full hookups for campers and the remainder being tent sites.
Full hook-up campsites, which have electricity and water, are in smaller sites for campers and pop-up trailers, as well as a section of walk-in sites for larger RVs.
“We owned it for 12 years before we decided to go camping, but it was always on the back burner,” Allen said.
There is also a new bath house near the tent camp section, as well as a laundry room and game room, and a covered dining pavilion for campers to eat outside. Above the new bathhouse there are apartments to house some of the camping staff, and a new pool separate from the amusement park has been provided for campers.
The amusement park already existed before the construction of the campsite but has also been renovated. Some new features have been added to the park and some older ones have been removed.
“We rearranged some things; the biggest addition is a large wading pool with a play structure with a dump bucket,” Allen said. “A 45 inch restriction for the waterslide which would weed out smaller kids, and we didn’t like that we didn’t have much to offer the little ones.”
The waterslides aren’t going anywhere, however, as they continue to be the park’s most popular feature and have been for years.
“The waterslides, they continue to be the biggest draw, but the new spray floor is a close second,” Allen said.
Some of the other features were removed as more space was needed for the campground as well as the new water park features.
“Some things are gone. We no longer have go-karts; we needed that land for campsites,” Allen said. “We removed part of the high ropes course. Now things like the climbing wall and trampoline are near the zipline tower and low ropes course.
The mini-golf course was not removed but was shortened from 18 holes to nine to make way for the separate pool reserved for campers.
The amusement park is open to campground guests and other visitors who wish to purchase a day pass for the park only, priced at $29. There are even discounted $13 day passes for parents who need to take their kids to the park but don’t want to ride the slides and other features.