WINTER HARBOR — A 130-acre campground planned alongside the entrance to Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula will have 100 campsites for tents and recreational vehicles.
The landscape design also calls for four miles of multipurpose use trails and five miles of hiking trails that will traverse the heart of the national park.
The campground will be listed in the U.S. National Park Service reservation system and is expected to attract 250 to 300 people per night in season, said Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele.
Steele said having an outdoor and economical place to spend the night is expected to extend visitors’ stays on the peninsula from a few hours to two days.
Currently, he said, 10 percent, or 250,000, of the 2.5 million visitors to the much larger Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island are visiting Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula.
Permit applications for the campground and trails are in progress and construction should begin this year, said Sam Coplon, the Bar Harbor landscape architect designing the project.
The plans were detailed at a public meeting at Hammond Hall Feb. 14 that was attended by, among others, representatives from The Lyme Timber Co. of Hanover.
Lyme Timber in 2011 purchased 3,300 acres — most of it in Winter Harbor — from the Modena family in Italy for $12 million.
The Modenas had proposed developing the land around Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula into an eco resort with hotels and private villas.
Peter Stein, managing director of Lyme Timber, said the campground and trails project is being undertaken in partnership with a family foundation, which chooses to remain anonymous.
The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has an option to buy a conservation easement on 1,000 of the acres that adjoin the park.