Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park

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  • August 14, 2017
    I was hesitated after reading reviews on Tripadvisor. However, think about it, it's worth trying. You'll never know if you are visiting at the right time. Under a calm condition, you may only hear the...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It is one of the "classic" sites of the National Park and it is visited by many people, but noise and large foam with plenty of water to break the only waves can be seen with high tide and the sea with good waves. If this is not the case, the Park has many wonders to see and enjoy, and I will not stop here.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We went during a quiet time when the "thunder hole" wasn't as pronounced. Definitely worth the visit, but wish we had gone during a more pronounced time. My kids loved climbing the rocks and walking a...  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    A really cool natural formation. They say the best time to go is two hours before high tide. Unfortunately the entire week we were there the sea was perfectly calm, so even at the best time we didn't hear anything close to thunder. It is still a cool area, but there are quite a few steps from the parking lot to the bottom. If you get a chance to take a boat ride, it is very cool to see from the ocean as well.
  • June 26, 2017
    Climb the rocks along trail between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole to avoid crowds but still enjoy the views. Park just after Sand Beach (if road is not already packed) so you don't have to park right at the Hole where everyone is.
  • March 3, 2017
    My friends and I visited in winter. Maine had recently received ~6 feet of snow within a week period, and this was taken 4 days after that. Go during high tide if you want to hear the loudest thunders from the waves hitting the hole. Visiting the beach in the snow was absolutely stunning. According to the Acadia National Park website, the road leading up to Thunder Hole isn't open during winter months. However, it was open and plowed in one direction. Most of the walking paths and stairs were NOT clear of snow or salted, so they were covered in packed-down snow which is very slippery. There were only about 10 people roaming around Thunder Hole in a Sunday. We stood near the water and climbed up some of the rock cliffs. We saw some peope ice climbing up some melting ice at the next beach over from Thunder Hole. I'm sure it's great here in summer, but I think winter is a splendid time to visit and enjoy the tranquility of this whole area.
  • June 1, 2017
    Did not get to experience the thunder effect as it was low tide but still worth a visit
  • June 26, 2017
    Ive been here quite a few times. Seen it do its thing. Everyone gathers here for the show. Doesnt always happen though😢

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Where to stay in Acadia National Park

A few campgrounds sit inside the boundaries of Acadia National Park. Camping is available in the park throughout the year, but most campgrounds are only open during summer. There are plenty of campgrounds around Mt. Desert Island, on which Acadia sits, and more located on the mainland within easy driving distance of the bridge to the island. For creature comforts, a lively atmosphere, and easy access to the park, look for a hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast in bustling Bar Harbor, which also has restaurants and shops. Quieter Northeast Harbor, which actually sits on the southwest corner of Mt. Desert Island, has a few quaint inns and bed and breakfasts that offer a more rustic experience than staying in Bar Harbor. If you plan to visit Acadia in summer, book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.
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