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“Skip This Unless the Waves are Rolling”
Review of Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole
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Owner description: Chasm surrounded by water and gardens.
Reviewed 23 July 2012

When we visited during calm seas and low tide, this attraction was an over attended dud. Bus loads of people dropped off to mill about. There were so many other beautiful things to see in the park, skip this one unless the seas are high and the tide is in.

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Most people go here during the obvious time – HIGH TIDE. I had to alter my plans since that specified time was out so I went instead around 6:15 a.m. or right after sunrise on Cadillac Mountain. There were very few people there (2) and 5 more to join after me. I got some great shots. I think the sun hitting the rocks all up and down the coast this time of morning is gorgeous. I was also able to see what made Thunder Hole “thunder”. It is a cave-like hole down by the last landing. With the tide not being so high you can also watch as the water builds and makes more and more spray. I highly doubt this is something possible during high tide.

I also drove by during the evening – around 7:00 p.m. but the color was not as great as in the morning. It may have been a little earlier – say 6:00 p.m. Sunset was at 8:15 p.m.

Anyway, this is a great place to stop. I went during July 4th week and parking can be limited but remember that it is a 2-way road going ONE WAY so you can always pull off to the right and walk to it. There is a small visitor center with drinks and restroom in the parking lot directly across from Thunder Hole.

Thank HazelEyesFromTN
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Anyone rating this low is ridiculous. First, this is an event of nature, not something predictable like a restaurant. It would be equivalent to standing by Old Faithful for ten minutes, leaving because nothing has happened, and then rating it low. Thunder Hole doesn't always produce spectacular noise and splashes of water because the tides and seas simply don't always do that. The scenery is nice regardless.

To know what to expect, the best times are a couple of hours before high tide but you are only likely to see a spectacular show if the seas are a bit high. If the winds and seas are calm, just know that's probably not the most spectacular day.

Thank Arkansas_Family
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

A stop on the Park Loop Road. Best to visit about an hour or two before high tide otherwise you will not see the effect of this geological wonder. Even if you are there at times of low tide it is still a beautiful place to view and see the coastline. Stairs and guardrails guide you down to viewing points.

Thank Don49680
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

The sound of the ocean as it pours into the narrow channel is quite unique and truly sounds like thunder. Not every wave produces the same thunderous sound, but it's worth the wait to hear the really loud ones. A great experience for all.

Thank lorkay
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