In reality, very few things go unexplained these days. With research, science and technology, things that were once a mystery begin to make complete sense. But, even with these technical explanations, the natural phenomena here in Maine never cease to amaze me. From deadly whirlpools to sandy deserts, the fact that these places exist will amaze you.
1. Maine's dramatic tidal changes
While the overall state's average change is 9 feet, there are some places that are significantly more impressive. Lily Bay State Park sees tidal changes of about 20 feet! Washington County actually has the most dramatic changes in tides of all of the states in the continental US.
2. Precarious Piazza Rock, Near Rangeley
Located along the Appalachian Trail near Rangeley, this teetering rock appears to have been placed against a tree by a very strong giant. Check it out while hiking about 4 miles, round trip on this section of the AT. While the area is demanding, the hike to and from the rock is actually pretty family friendly. The gravity defying rock was likely left by glacial activity, but how the tree seemingly supports its weight is a complete mystery.
3. Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park
While Acadia itself feels like a phenomenon itself, Thunder Hole will leave you in awe. The thunderous sound is created by a small inlet that has been naturally carved out of the rocks. When the waves roll in, the pressure and power of nature can be heard by everyone.
4. 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.
5. The Reversing Falls, West 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
6. Bubble Rock, Jordan Pond
Perched precariously on the edge of South Bubble Mountain, one of the most famous rocks in all of Maine looks like it could fall at any moment. But it's actually, ahem, a rock solid example of a glacial erratic - a boulder deposited by the powerful action of ancient glaciers.
7. Maine's multi-colored sand beaches
In just one weekend, you can discover beaches of three different colors! At Perry, the sand is red, at Bailey's Mistake, the beach is black from volcanic sand, and in Jonesport, the sand is a bright white. Pictured here is the Breakers Inn.
8. Treacherous Old Sow Whirlpool, Eastport
Tidal currents meet between Eastport and Deer Island forming the "Old Sow" whirlpool, which is one of the largest and most dangerous on the planet. The whirling power of this natural phenomenon will remind you that nature can be both beautiful and deadly. How does it manage to suck full-sized boats down into its depths?