The seven wonders of the world are well known. But, what about the wonders that exist right here in Maine? From waterfalls with beauty you won’t find anywhere else in the country to coastal natural phenomena, here are seven wonders that are right here in Maine!
1. Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park
Located in Baxter State Park, Katahdin's name was given by the Penobscot Indians and means “The Greatest Mountain." It serves at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, but can be hiked on its own in about 10 hours. It's not for the faint of heart, but it's an incredible wonder we can call our own.
2. The Desert of Maine, Freeport
This curiosity has been welcoming guests since 1925. Now offering a campsite, tours and various museums, it's worth the trip if only to take photos next to the giant camel. Note: Camels are not at all indigenous to the area. How did this place come to be? The land was farmed by the Tuttle family beginning in 1797, but one thing led to another and someone forgot to rotate the potato crops, then must have forgotten about the sheep who overgrazed the place. All of this led to soil erosion which revealed the glacial silt beneath that eventually took over the entire farm. Tuttle family, this is why you can't have nice things. Just kidding. Thanks for the cool desert. Definitely a wonder of Maine.
3. Wild Blueberry Land, Columbia Falls
Despite the fact that it evokes images of small blueberry people twirling around within blueberry bushes, Wild Blueberry Land will satisfy most of your (other) blueberry desires. Since 2001, owners Dell and Marie Emerson have been catering to visitors looking for blueberry scones, ice cream, muffins and just about anything else that can house a blueberry. Check it out in the summertime, but call ahead in the fall to make sure they're open.
4. Gulf Hagas, The Grand Canyon of Maine, Central Maine
If you've never seen Gulf Hagas, you must put this on the top of your summer to-do list. You can take in the "Grand Canyon of the East" via an 8.6-mile looped hike that takes about 8 hours. If that's a bit much for you, there are other options nearby that bring you close to the falls without quite so much effort. Remember to bring your bathing suit, you'll love the swimming here!
5. Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park
We could certainly call the entirety of Acadia National Park a wonder of Maine, but a few places within this magnificent park stood out as special. Among them is Thunder Hole. The attraction gets its name from the booming noise made when air escapes from a sea cave after being trapped by the incoming tide. Check it out, but watch out for rogue waves!
6. Bubble Rock, Acadia National Park
Bubble Rock is one of the most unbelievable natural wonders we have in Maine. This isn't your run-of-the-mill rock. It's actually a "glacial erratic" left by ice age activity a very, very long time ago. By analyzing the type of granite within the rock, geologists have been able to discern that glaciers carried Bubble Rock to its precarious perch all the way from Lucerne, Maine — 30 miles (48 km) away!
7. Reversing Falls, Pembroke
The Reversing Falls (also called "Cobscook Falls") are formed as a result of a large rock ledge that makes it impossible for the water to move smoothly. During the incoming tide, this underwater activity creates a crazy waterfall, along with whirlpools and surprisingly high swells. But, the real phenomenon is during the outgoing tide.
When the tide heads in the opposite direction, the movement of the water goes over the treacherous area in the reverse direction, creating what appears to be a waterfall that moves opposite of the current. Perhaps as interesting as the falls themselves, is how calm the area looks when the tide is not moving. It's as if the water holds a secret, only available to those watching in the right place at the right time.