Grafton Notch State Park is located on Route 26 between Newry and Upton, Maine, and offers opportunities for sightseeing, picnicking, and hiking on its 3,000 acres of beautiful natural terrain. Several interesting attractions are conveniently located on scenic Route 26. Interpretive signs explain the glacial sculpting of Screw Auger Falls and the formation of Mother Walker Falls. A quarter-mile loop trail leads to Moose Cave with its narrow gorge and lush lichens and mosses. At Spruce Meadow and Screw Auger Falls visitors will find picnic tables and grills. Both short and long day hikes extend through this spectacular, scenic area at the end of the Mahoosuc Range. The 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail passes through the park on the way to the trail's northern terminus, Mt. Katahdin. Facilities include picnic tables and grills. In the winter, a main artery snowmobile trail (ITS 82) traverses the park and is maintained by a local snowmobile club.
This trail offers a spectacular view of the grafton notch mountains. The fall colors were just amazing. My boyfriend and I hiked this trail in fall. There are two paths to the summit which divides initially at the beginning. We took the one to the left which is a gradual ascend. The other path on the right is a quicker path to reach the summit which offers a straight ascend with lot of rock climbing and is a bit tougher.
Took eyebrow up, up to the peak, on the fire tower than down the AT. I hike a lot and thought the eyebrow was a bit of a challenge. I would recommend NOT taking dogs up the eyebrow, it's steep and lots of ladder rungs. But dogs can do great going up the AT trail. It was below freezing at the top and I did it mid October. Any later in year would require warm gear. Took me 2 hours up and 2 hours down. (But I am a pretty quick hiker) awesome view from the fire tower. An awesome 4K footer!
At the fork, taking a right is the difficult trail, recommend this trail if an experienced hiker! Taking a left at the fork is the more moderate hike! Less rocky. Great view at the top! I recommend the left, more easy trail for dogs! And don't recommend this in the spring if you are not experienced. Lots of ice!
took eyebrow up and the AT down. found this to be a perfect 4000' hike. lots of variety and a great mix of terrain. we had a perfect day with almost no wind, full foliage and bright sunshine. The tower was very good for 360 views. only saw a few other hikers. found the at section coming down, very steep. I recommend the eyebrow trail going up. Easier, and some really neat things including cables and rungs in the steeper sections. great trail conditions. highly recommend this hike. I have finally realized that there are no easy hikes up a 4k mountain. Always harder than I think it will be, but always well worth the effort.
Did the Eyebrow Trail up, AT back down. Eyebrow is steep with ladders and ropes required at some spots - very well maintained when I went. Awesome views all the way up, thick boreal sub alpine forests from about 2900' up to the summit. Not much trail traffic. First of my Maine 4000'ers, third of the NE 67.
Love this short hike as it packs a lot of exercise and views in a very short timeframe. We will pop over to do it after work as sunset is beautiful. As others have stated, southern route is difficult because it is short and steep, with some bouldering. Recently included friends who hike (but less than we do) and was teasingly told that next time, they would confirm whether we were climbing or hiking. But, we always bring our dogs (including an 18 yo and a puppy), who are also experienced hikers, and they have no trouble. One winter day 2014/2015 I hiked it by myself and the last pitch which sheds a lot of water on granite had thawed and refrozen so it was too icy for my micro-spikes (needed full-on crampon) so had to turn back. But usually micro-spikes are adequate. If you travel only on northern route, fine for our older relatives and small children as easy pleasant hike with good boardwalks and trail maintenance where it's wet. Nice wildflower so in spring too!
I took Ben Ericson's advice and took the southern trail to ascend. It was incredible! A definite muscle leg/bun burner. Don't be afraid to use your hands! Reaching the top was very rewarding. The descend on the northern part of the trail was nice and easy. I am looking forward to return in the fall when the leaves start changing. Great challenging hike. I don't recommend bringing dogs or youngsters for the full loop. Take the northern trail and return that way if you do. I came across a woman with her dog on the southern trail and they had to turn around. Enjoy and happy hiking!