ULTIMATE Guide to Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park 

About Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole is a beautiful natural wonder inlet located along the Mount Desert Island shoreline. The name comes from the sound that occurs when waves burst into the channel and air escapes, resulting in a thunder-like reverberation. The sound can be experienced before high tide or during a storm. 

Explore the Area

The most popular thing to do at Thunder Hole is exploring. Listen quietly for the famous thunder sounds an hour or two before high tide. If you’re there at low tide, take a walk down the stairs to view the cliff walls. The waves have hammered unique designs into the rock walls over the years. 

Walk the Ocean Path

Ocean Path, a 3-mile round-trip trail, is a striking walk along the oceanside. Start at the Sand Beach parking lot, and follow the coastal path. It passes by Thunder Hole, so it’s a popular trek with visitors. 

Restaurants Near Acadia’s Thunder Hole

The Thunder Hole area has numerous dining options for the whole family. Depending on what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find restaurants in Bar Harbor that will satisfy everyone. Check out these options for a nice meal before or after a trip to Thunder Hole. 

Lodging Near Thunder Hole

If you’re looking for a centrally located, quaint yet modern inn, then the Inn on Mount Desert is sure to please. Just a 10-minute walk from the waterfront and on a beautiful tree-lined street, it is picturesque. 

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