Bar Harbor, Maine

Thunder Hole isn't just a location; it's an exhilarating experience that reminds us of the untamed beauty and power of nature. It is a must-visit Acadia spot!

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Tom Riley (GoXplr Account)

About This Location

In the heart of the picturesque Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine, lies a natural wonder that has captivated visitors for generations—Thunder Hole. Revered as one of the park's premier attractions, Thunder Hole offers an awe-inspiring experience that connects you with the raw power of the ocean. This location always lives up to the hype!

What sets Thunder Hole apart is its ability to showcase the relentless force of the sea as it collides with the rugged Maine shoreline. Over millions of years, the relentless waves have carved out this remarkable inlet in the coastal rocks, creating a spectacle that you must witness when visiting Acadia National Park. As the waves rush into the narrow inlet, they unleash a symphony of sights and sounds that are nothing short of breathtaking. The name "Thunder Hole" is not an exaggeration; the crash and roar of the waves are reminiscent of distant thunderclaps, hence the name. Sometimes, these oceanic juggernauts can send plumes of seawater soaring as high as 50 feet into the air, drenching the surrounding rocks and creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

To ensure the safety of visitors, Thunder Hole is equipped with sturdy safety rails that allow you to explore its wonders up close while being protected from the ocean's ferocity. These precautions enable you to witness nature's raw power in all its glory without any danger. A poncho can also be a wise idea depending on the conditions.

Conveniently located along the Park Loop Road, Thunder Hole has its dedicated parking area, making it easily accessible to all park visitors. However, due to its immense popularity, the dedicated parking area can fill up quickly, particularly on beautiful days. As a savvy traveler, arriving early in the day is a prudent choice. This ensures that you secure a parking spot, allowing you to immerse yourself in the majesty of Thunder Hole without any hassle.

Thunder Hole isn't just a location; it's an exhilarating experience that reminds us of the untamed beauty and power of nature. So, when you find yourself in the enchanting embrace of Acadia National Park, make Thunder Hole a must-see destination on your itinerary.

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Park Loop Road, Bar Harbor, Maine

GPS Coordinates:
44.320649, -68.188593
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Parking Notes:
There is a large parking lot right across from the access point to Thunder Hole along Park Loop Road. The parking lot holds around 50 cars, although it does fill up on nice days. If the lot is full, there is additional parking located further down Park Loop Road at the Gorham Mountain Trailhead lot.


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