“watch out for the splash zone!”
Nothing symbolizes the power of Acadia National Park as much asThunder Hole does.When the right size wave rolls into the naturally formed inlet, a deep thunderous sound emanates. The cause is a small cavern formed low, just beneath the surface of the water. When the wave pulls back just before lunging forward, it dips the water just below the ceiling of the cavern allowing air to enter. When the wave arrives full force, it collides with the air, forcing it out, resulting in a sound like distant thunder. Water may splash into the air as high as 40 feet with a roar!This is a beautiful spot to view some of the most striking features within Acadia. Northward is Sand Beach and the Great Head to the right. Southward is the majestic 110 foot high Otter Cliff, one of the highest headlands north of Rio de Janeiro.Thunder Hole is just past Sand Beach while traveling south on thePark Loop Road. The Island Explorer Shuttle Bus stops here about every half hour during normal seasonal daytime hours.
Saw the hole without the thunder but it was a beautiful hike along the mountain coast
Wow....the tides have everything to do with whether the hole blows or not...
Wasn't thundering when we went so a bit of an anti climax. Recommend you speak with a ranger about best times to go.
Want thundering at all. However for the rest of the place is worth to visit.
This was our favorite part of Acadia. We went back every day, at different tide-levels. The cliffs are fun to climb and explore, too. Great fun for family with three teens!
While it was a fairly calm sea today, it was fun to watch with anticipation as each wave entered the cave to see if this would be "the big one." Go 2 hours before high tide and be patient. The views are breathtaking regardless!!!
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