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Otter Point + Otter Cliffs

Acadia National Park

Downeast + Acadia, Maine

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  • The route to Otter Point and Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Rugged granite formations on Otter Point, Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Pink granite boulders on Otter Point, Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Rounded boulders along the shore.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Vegetation in a tide pool.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • A weathered penny jammed in a crack in the rock.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Higher levels of feldspar give the granite its pink hue.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • The shoreline near Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Gentle waves break on the rocky beach below Otter Cliffs.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • The rugged shoreline of Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Looking toward Otter Cliffs from the left half of Ocean Path.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Climbing Ocean Path to reach Otter Cliff.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Steps accessing Otter Cliff.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Looking out from Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Coastal views from Otter Cliff.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Views toward Great Head.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Waves crash on the Spindle.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Walking toward the climbing area.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Contributor Ben Dlin rappelling the Wonderwall on Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Crashing waves against the cliff.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Climbers grouped at the top of Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
  • Waves crash at the base of a popular climbing route on Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park.- Otter Point + Otter Cliffs
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Tide pools. Rock climbing. Ocean views. Fun geology.
Cons: 
Slippery when wet.
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Region:
Downeast + Acadia, ME
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Otter Cliff is a 110-foot cliff located on the southeastern shore of Acadia National Park near the end of the Ocean Path. It is among the tallest coastal headlands on the Atlantic Coast, and it offers incredible views into the ocean as well as the adjacent coves. Otter Cliff is especially well known among climbers, as it is one of the only places in the northeast that starts only a few feet from the ocean shore.

To reach the cliff, visitors can either walk along the Ocean Path south of Thunder Hole or park on the right just off the Park Loop Road in a small parking area. While most stop right below the steps leading down from the road, the popular climbing area is actually along a path through the woods to the north.

Huge waves can pound the cliff, so it’s advisable to stay a good distance away from the edge during stormy weather. A small cove to the north is littered with smooth round boulders, a testament to the power of erosion. The contrast of the rounded boulders with the jagged cliff is striking.

Just off the coast, a rock formation known as the Spindle is marked by a buoy. In 1604, Samuel De Champlain and his crew of sailors ran aground here while sailing closer to shore to inspect the smoke from a Native American campfire. The damage to his ship was significant, requiring the crew to spend their winter in Otter Cove while they repaired it.

Unique in the climbing world, the routes at Otter Cliff are only accessible from the top, meaning climbers must first rappel to the base before they can begin. The ledge at the bottom is covered during high tide, so access is limited.

Otter Cliff is especially gorgeous at dawn, when the early morning light strikes the cliff, bathing it in a golden glow. While the setting sun isn’t visible from here, excellent sunsets can be seen as the sky fades to deep shades of pink, purple, and cobalt blue. 

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