Acadia National Park

By: Nathan Hanes


Acadia National Park is a park in Maine that really is a cool place. This is not about a park as in swing sets and slides and stuff. This park really is a beautiful place to visit, relax, and enjoy. In three paragraphs, I will explain about the park and 1 of the things that really stands out: the Thunder Hole. In a brief summary, the Thunder Hole is, by its name, a hole that sounds like thunder. You have got to see it to believe it. Acadia National Park is #9 on most visited parks on National Geographic. In number the number three paragraph, Facts, It says how many visitors go there every year on average. You will find in each paragraph states 2 to 5 questions answered. The questions are under the paragraph #.

Thunder Hole: How is it Made and Why is it called the Thunder Hole?

The Thunder Hole is a landmark in Acadia National Park. The Thunder Hole was a small inlet at first, but over time with water rushing upon it every day, it became larger, and larger, and larger, until it was basically a small cave. It is called the Thunder Hole because when water rushes into it and comes out, it makes a thunder-like noise, and it’s called a hole because it’s a small cave. No one can enter it, since there's a great amount of pressure from the water going in there. There are also iron bars and a ledge above the Thunder Hole, so it's not like someone's going in there anyway. The Thunder Hole is a landmark made by water pressure, and the Thunder Hole is called the Thunder Hole because of the sound made and because the landmark is a cave.
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Acadia National Park: How Old, How Big, Where is it, When did it become a National Park, and who Founded it?

Acadia National Park has a very rich history. Acadia National Park is 99 years old, almost a century, and is currently 74.15 mi2. The park is located in Bar Harbor, (Bah Habbah as some people say) Maine, on Mount Desert Island. George B. Dorr was called the 'father of Acadia National Park;' he founded the beautiful place on July 8th, 1916. George loved nature. After his first visit to Mount Desert Island with his family on 1868, he knew he wanted to make the island his home. George devoted his life and fortune to gathering land to protect and convincing other citizens to donate land or money to help create this National Park. It took a lot of time and effort to create the beautiful park we know and enjoy today.
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All The Other Facts You Need to Know: How many Visitors go to Acadia National Park on average, What other attractions can you see, and what makes Acadia National Park Special?

Here are some facts about the park. Acadia National Park was the 1st Eastern National Park and hosts almost 2 million visitors every year. There are many attractions, but Cadillac mountain is the most popular. An impressive 1,530 foot mountain, Cadillac is the tallest in the park and also the tallest mountain on the Eastern Coast of the United States. In addition, Acadia has 125 miles of trails to hike and 45 miles of roads to bike on. These roads are called carriage roads and they were built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.. There are many reasons Acadia National Park is special, but the main reason is it's preserved natural beauty. Acadia is an incredible place to visit with many activities and awesome views for visitors to enjoy.

Thunder Hole Myth

Once upon a time, a man went to Acadia National Park. He heard the Thunder Hole was dangerous, but he thought he could go there and not get swallowed up by the huge waves of water. He walked to the Thunder Hole and stood on the curb. He went down the stairs to the iron bars and looked over. The second he did that the Thunder Hole realized it was hungry, and wanted to trap the man in its waves and swallow him up. The Thunder Hole succeeded. When he drowned, he exceeded his last words. "I know now, even though I will die, I should not have come here thinking I was so brave." 2 weeks later, another man heard about the other man's death. He thought he was braver and stronger than the other man. He walked all the way to the Thunder Hole and stood in the same spot the other man stood on the curb. He then went down to the iron bars cautiously and stood where the other man stood. He gripped the iron bars with such a force that the small waves the Thunder Hole sent at him had no effect. Just then, the tide got higher, and higher, and higher, until the waves were going into the inlet with such force that the cave almost got deeper. The first sport of water came out of the cave and hit the man. He almost fell, and then realized he was in great danger. He ran for the stairs and tripped; falling on the hard concrete the man got major bruises on his knees. Before he could say a word, the Thunder Hole's waves swallowed the man and soon he drowned. A third man heard about the first man and second man's death. He too, like the second man, thought he was braver and stronger than the second man. He walked all the way to the Thunder Hole and stood right where the second man had stood. He walked down the stairs and saw the water on the ledge with the iron bars. Just then, another wave from the sea went down into the inlet. Before the water came out, the man rushed back up the stairs, and made it to safety. He then knew right away why the first man and the second man got swallowed. He then thought that he would make a world record if he stood there for a full 10 seconds. He went down the stairs cautiously and stood by the iron bars. Then he thought he would make 2 world records if he didn’t hold the bars, so he stood leaning against the bars. After 5 seconds the man thought he would do it. The Thunder Hole didn't believe in his confidence. It sent a prodigious wave at him at the 9 second mark and he fell off. He too, like the first and second man, drowned. The first, second, and third man were all foolish.
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