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  • NYTravelerBD
    Westchester County, New York1,216 contributions
    Visit 2 Hours Before High Tide
    During our week in Bar Harbor/Acadia, we visited Thunder Hole twice briefly during low tide, and there really wasn't much going on. We returned a third time when it was closer to high tide, and when the seas were rough from the remnants of Hurricane Laura. Boy what a difference. Thunder Hole was absolutely rocking, with the crowd cheering its explosions of water, and one unpolished gentleman repeatedly yelling, "the hole, baby!" Our 7 year old daughter loved Thunder Hole and cited it as a highlight of the week. Please just aim to visit a couple of hours before high tide for the best experience.
    Written September 2, 2020
  • DavidAdamsTX
    Plano, Texas29 contributions
    Great vista especially if the tide is right
    We traveled along the park loop and visited Thunder Hole at the right tide height. We saw the waves splash in the tidal hole with an exciting explosion. Definitely worth the stop.
    Written June 27, 2022
  • Mary T
    14 contributions
    I've never heard the thunder
    I've been here a half dozen times and I've never heard or felt the earth shaking thunder. During the high tides when it's supposed to be loud and impressive, it's so packed with tourists that it's actually a bit annoying to try to enjoy the seascape. I would love to be there sometime at high tide when there is no crowd.
    Written March 21, 2021
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Wilson Miller
San Diego, CA21 contributions
Jul 2022
My family has been visited Acadia NP for almost twenty years, and it never ceases to amaze us how many tourists get lured into visiting Thunder Hole. There's nothing wrong with it per se, but compared to the wonders that Acadia has to offer, it's crowded and unimpressive. Otter Cliffs, the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, and Ship Harbor are all better options for rock scrambling and seeing sections of coast.
Written September 24, 2022
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DLP
New Jersey1,802 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We were excited to hear the clasps of thunder. We arrived an hour before high tide which is supposedly the best time to hear the roar of the thunderous waves. The Park Ranger warned that it does not always happen and on this particular day it did not. One could see how the waves could create the sound of thunder and why it would need to be high tide. Not hearing the thunderous booms in no way detracted from the beauty of this overlook sight.
Written July 24, 2021
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Ann W
Bethlehem, PA476 contributions
Sep 2021
We stopped at Thunder Hole twice on our Acadia National Park trip.

There is a parking lot across the street and they sometimes allow parking on the street. There is a small gift shop in the parking lot. When we visited the first time the shop was open, but only allowing a few people inside at a time. We did not enter.

We did cross the street and walk down to the Thunder Hole viewing platform. At this time it was quite crowded and the tide was low so it wasn't putting on much of a show.

The second time we visited Thunder Hole the tide was higher, the seas were very choppy and the crowd was small. This we time we saw a nice show. Lots of spray, lots of thunder and lots of oohs and aahs. It was actually quite mesmerizing. We could have stood there all day.

We were really glad we went back the second time.
Written October 28, 2021
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,113 contributions
Jul 2020
So we knew about a week before that we would be visiting Acadia and purposely looked up high tide times for all the days to see Thunder Hole in full glory ~ sooooo disappointed when we arrived right on time and stayed for over an hour and Nothing but a couple of bubble farts from that cave.

So I then look online and said you really should show up there right as a storm has moved out to sea~ that would bring in the waves you need for the full effect.

But the area is well maintained and plenty of parking that is well identified on the side of the road.
Written August 1, 2020
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN262 contributions
Jul 2022
so this was our least favorite part of Acadia. We got there at high tide but never really heard the thunder sound. The weather was spotty showers the day we were in the park so crowds were light (per the ranger we talked to) but this was still the busiest place we stopped. It was neat to look at but if you can't find easy parking I probably wouldn't bother.
Written August 3, 2022
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Mandy C
Arlington, VA121 contributions
Aug 2022
We approached Thunder Hole while we were walking the ocean path road. It was the most crowded place we visited in all of Acadia and Bar Harbor. The tide wasn't in enough to hear the crash of the waves, and we left very shortly after we arrived.

There are far more interesting and beautiful places even just .5 miles down the road from thunder hole. I'd avoid it unless you go late in the evening or early in the morning when there aren't as many people around.
Written August 8, 2022
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Cac1234
Germantown, NY2,085 contributions
Jun 2022
Thunder Hole is one of the first stops along Park Loop Road. It is a very popular spot and is best if visited early in the morning. Of course the waves crashing are best at high tide so if that is in the morning it is a bonus. Parking is across the street and there is a ramp near the viewing area for those who cannot walk up or down steps so they may get a closer look.
Written June 20, 2022
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LovesPhotoOps
Hoover, AL1,022 contributions
Jun 2022
This was one of our two most crowded stops (Sand Beach being the other) at almost 4pm on a June weekday. People were parked all along the road before we got to the Thunder Hole gift shop, where there were actually spaces open in the lot. If parking is difficult you may want to skip this stop in favor of better views such as Otter Point. We did not see the thundering waves crashing, although the rocky shoreline is beautiful. If you really want to see that, check the park service recommendations for what time is best in relation to the tide schedule. Another place to see some waves crashing high is at Schoodic Point on the Schoodic Peninsula, a less crowded section of Acadia National Park.
Written July 2, 2022
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JenniferandAlan
Easton, PA712 contributions
May 2021
My husband and I visited Acadia in early May off season to avoid the summer crowds and it was the right decision. We were able to visit Thunder Hole a couple of times during our stay. Unfortunately for us the tide and surf did not align so we heard no thunder but we did get splashed. AND we had no trouble parking. In fact we nearly had the place to ourselves and could sit on the rocks and listen to the waves. What makes the thunder is the ocean entering the crack or chasm in the rocks with force and entering the small cave forcing out the air and causing the thunder and the spray. We've been coming here for years and never heard the thunder but it is still one of my favorite places in the park--even more so off season :) Don't miss this. Enjoy!
Written May 24, 2021
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Rooindie
Farmington, CT928 contributions
Sep 2021
So I don't know what happened. I read the website about when to go, I looked up the times of the tide so we could be there at the right time...and...nothing. It did not even remotely approach thunder. That being said, it is still a very scenic and beautiful spot, but it is also full of the 9 million other tourists that came for the thunder, so it's not exactly peaceful. Parking is a bit of a challenge, so if you've made it this far, make sure to walk up to Otter Cliffs, too. We did a loop hike up over Gorham Mountain using the Ocean Path to complete the loop. Thunder Hole was where we started.
Written October 3, 2021
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