Maine Nature May 17, 2022
7 Natural Wonders Unique To Vacationland That Should Be On Everyone’s Maine Bucket List
It takes just one trip to Maine to see that it’s the perfect place to visit if you love nature. From waterfalls to ocean views to hikes and swimming holes, there’s something for just about everyone. We’re not sure how we got so lucky, but in every corner, there’s something beautiful to see. Here are just a few of our favorite natural wonders to see in Maine!
1. Bubble Rock, Acadia National Park
Bubble Rock Overlook, Park Loop Rd, Mt Desert, ME 04660, USA
Seemingly teetering over the edge of an overlook above Jordan Pond, Bubble Rock is fascinating! While it looks like you could simply nudge it over the edge, it's actually planted solidly in its place. It's been here since just after the ice age when glaciers pushed it some 30 miles from Lucerne Maine!
2. Old Sow Whirlpool, Eastport
Old Sow Whirlpool, New Brunswick, Canada
Those across the border like to claim this as Canadian, but we believe its rightful place is Maine. Regardless of who can claim it, this is one neat attraction! You can find the whirlpool just off the coast of Eastport, near New Brunswick. Considered one of the most dangerous whirlpools in the world, Old Sow is formed when two strong tides collide.
3. Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park
Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME, USA
One of the most impressive feats of nature anywhere in the state can be found in Acadia National Park. Located off the Park Loop Road, Thunder Hole is a sea cave that erupts with a thunderous noise when waves crash into it forcing air out. But be careful if you visit! Strong waves have been known to come right over the viewing area, drenching everyone nearby.
4. Daggett Rock, Phillips
Daggett Rock, Phillips, ME 04966, USA
This rock located just off a 0.8-mile trail in Franklin County might seem like a strange destination but it's worth it! The rock is actually a glacier erratic, a rock left in a seemingly random location by slowly (and fiercely!) moving glaciers during the ice age.
5. Gulf Hagas, Monson
Gulf Hagas Trailhead, Katahdin Iron Works Rd, Monson, ME 04464, USA
This waterfall is one of the most beloved in Maine. Its mighty cascade earns it the nickname "Grand Canyon of the East," which is fitting considering it cuts through granite walls just like the real thing. It's formed by the west branch of the Pleasant River and requires a hefty hike to see.
6. Debsconeag Ice Caves, Millinocket
The coolest thing about exploring these caves filled with ice is that they're just as frigid in July as they are in December! While the region where they're located in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area is a bit remote, the hike to see them once you're there is a pretty simple one-mile route to follow.
7. The Height of Land, Oquossoc
Height of Land, ME-17, Roxbury, ME 04275, USA
The Height of Land near Rangeley offers one of the most beautiful scenic overlooks in all of Maine. Located just off of Route 17, the view takes in all of Mooselookmeguntic Lake.
What are some of your favorite natural wonders to see in Maine? Let us know in the comments so we can check them out!
If you’re looking for more ways to get outside, we’ve got great options.
With stream crossings and footbridges, the little-known Peggity’s Path in Maine is unexpectedly magical. Address: Daggett Rock, Phillips, ME 04966, USA Address: Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME, USA Address: Old Sow Whirlpool, New Brunswick, Canada Address: Gulf Hagas Trailhead, Katahdin Iron Works Rd, Monson, ME 04464, USA Address: Millinocket, ME, USA Address: Height of Land, ME-17, Roxbury, ME 04275, USA Address: Bubble Rock Overlook, Park Loop Rd, Mt Desert, ME 04660, USA