Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine

Otter Cliff in Acadia

One of the most spectacular sights along the North Atlantic Seaboard is Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park. At 110 feet high, it is one of the highest headlands north of Rio de Janeiro.

Located on Mount Desert Island, in Maine, it is just .7 miles after Thunder Hole next to the Park Loop Road. An ocean path parallels this section of road from Sand Beach to the north, past Thunder Hole, arriving at Otter Cliff, providing numerous vantage points for spectacular views.

There is a bell buoy located off shore that marks the rock formation called the “Spindle.” Centuries ago, while sailing nearby at high tide, the explorer Samuel Champlain noticed smoke rising from a Native American's encampment. After sailing closer for a better view, his ship struck the “Spindle” requiring the ship to seek refuge in Otter Cove for safety and repairs.

When visiting Otter Cliff, it is essential that you use the utmost caution. Rocks are often wet and slippery and, when combined with little marble like pebbles and sand, may cause you to fall.

Otter Cliff Parking GPS: Latitude 44.310803; Longitude -68.189828

For more detailed information on Otter Cliff and the Bar Harbor the area, visit AcadiaMagic.com.



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The early morning light hits the wave just right near Otter Cliff.
The early morning light hits the wave just right near Otter Cliff.

Lots of boulders rest on the shore near Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park.
Lots of boulders rest on the shore near Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park.

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