Although small in comparison, Acadia ranks high on the top most visited list of National Parks and with varying terrain it is easy to see why. At Acadia National Park you get the best of both worlds with Mountain, Lake AND Ocean views. During our visit to Acadia, we made sure to visit the oceanside of the park on a sunny morning. We headed out early and arrived at the beautiful Sand Beach (post to come). Wade headed on the Beehive Trail- which is not made for dogs (or Taras) as it is has rungs to climb up various spots and is extremely narrow. The Dogs and I headed to the easy Ocean Path which had breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and rocky cliffs.
From Sand Beach you head to the right on a super easy trail. The trail is mostly along the main road but do not let that turn you off. There are tons of mini paths that veer off to the rocks so you can take in the views in peace. Also, if you are early birds like us there will be limited people and traffic :-). The dogs and I took our time wandering around and stopping many times to just sit and take in the scenery. We made it to one of the Park’s main attractions- Thunder Hole which is a small natural made inlet in the cliffs that makes a thundering sound as the waves roll in. It depends on how rough the ocean is, but normally you will hear a big bomb and see the water spray up as if you are in a water park. (so don’t stand too close unless you are okay with getting wet!) Just as we arrived a big tour bus was finishing up- I was worried I would not get to see Thunder Hole up close in personal.
Wade was done the Beehive trail sooner than expected so the pups and I walked back to meet him. I showed him the best little off paths to see the cliffs views. One cliff viewing area in particular was more impressive than the others. We had been there a few minutes and looked up and saw a BALD EAGLE just gliding over top of us. It was as if everything was in slow motion and he was showing off, almost saying “look at me! Aren’t I great?” Yeah you are handsome fellow! This certainly was a highlight of the trip. I have never seen a Bald Eagle so close before in the wild. The eagle glided slowly in a nearby tree and perched himself on a low limb about 40 yards away. A man was staying right in front of the eagle and had no clue what was above him.
Soon, we landed back at Thunder Hole (little less than a mile from Sand Beach) and the bus tour crowds had left. There were still a fair amount of people there but we managed to get a few close photos and enjoy the sounds and the sprays of the salty water. Just as we were finished posing for a photo a huge spray came up behind us. We were seconds away from being soaked!
Soon after Thunder Hole the trail broke away a bit from the road. Talk about peaceful! We kept going until we hit Otter Cliff– one of the best places for ocean views in the park and has cliffs 110 feet high (another .7 miles from Thunder Hole). We looked down and saw a group of rock climbers taking a break on some small dispersed rocks and we were impressed! Those rocks were scary and slippery!
By this time we were ready for some popovers and coffee and headed to Jordan Pond House to relax and take in the views of Jordan Pond (recap here) one more time.
Check out some photos of our Cliff Walk in Acadia National Park below and see why it was my favorite day on our trip of Maine!
Want more of the outdoors?
Wanting more outdoor-sy stuff? Check out Apple Picking at Catoctin Mountain Orchard (here), 48 Hours in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains (here), Camping at Rocky Gap State Park (here) and a Picnic at Cunningham Falls (here).