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Best trails in Grafton Notch State Park, Maine

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Looking for a great trail in Grafton Notch State Park, Maine? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Grafton Notch State Park ranging from 2.7 to 33.5 miles and from 731 to 4,163 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Grafton Notch State Park is a great park for hiking, picnics, and beautiful views. There is a $3.00 fee for Maine residents and a $4.00 fee for non residents.

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Map of trails in Grafton Notch State Park, Maine
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
9:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
9:00 am - dusk
Thursday
9:00 am - dusk
Friday
9:00 am - dusk
Saturday
9:00 am - dusk
Sunday
9:00 am - dusk
Contact
(207) 824-2912
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Old Speck Mountain Trail
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h
Just east of the New Hampshire border, this is Maine's 4th highest mountain and 5th highest peak. It's the highest and most northeastern peak in the Mahoosuc Range of the White Mountains. This is an easily accessible mountain as it is only 4 miles from a main highway through Grafton Notch State Park. It is part of the Mahoosuc Range. You'll want the crampons as the trail is very steep in places and gets icy. There is an old firetower on top that may or may not be accessible to climb depending on the season and time of the week. Show more
#2 - Puzzle Mountain Trail
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
#3 - Table Rock Trail
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#4 - Eyebrow Trail and Appalachian Trail Loop
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#5 - Baldpate Mountain via Appalachian Trail
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
#6 - Old Speck Mountain via Appalachian Trail
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
#7 - Screw Auger Falls
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
#8 - Grafton Notch Trail
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 33.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. It has become an increasingly popular destination for hikers and backpackers wishing to hike a loop. It is often used by camp and school groups. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, much of it on private land. The only camping is at four designated campsites on the eastern section and four on the western section. Water is available at each campsite. From the Grafton Loop Trailhead, the closest campsite on the eastern section is 5 miles from the road, on the other side of 3,000-foot Puzzle Mountain. Please prepare accordingly. Directions to Grafton Loop Trail trailhead: The southern trailhead is located just north of where Eddy Road meets Route 26 in Newry, Maine. From the junction of Route 2 and Route 26, travel North on Route 26 (towards Grafton Notch State Park) 4.7 miles and turn right into a gravel parking area. The trail leaves from the end of this parking area at the sign. Trail directions from the GLT trailhead: Eastern Section to AT parking lot in Grafton Notch: The trail leaves Route 26 and continues 17.1 miles to the summit of East Baldpate where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail. It is 4 miles from there, south on the AT back to Route 26 and the large trailhead parking lot in Grafton Notch State Park. Western Section, to AT parking lot in Grafton Notch The western section of the Trail has been open for use since 2003. It may be accessed from the Grafton Loop trailhead on Rt. 26 by walking south on Route 26 for .5 miles to the trail sign on the road. From here, it heads across a field to a snowmobile bridge across the Bear River. The trail then follows a series of minor peaks before traversing Sunday River Whitecap. Unique trail structures were designed and built on Sunday River Whitecap to protect fragile plants unique to the area. After Sunday River Whitecap, the trail skirts the slide on Slide Mountain, descends slightly into the upper Bull Branch (of the Sunday River) valley, and finally climbs the southern flank of Old Speck to reconnect with the AT. In 2011, a new 1.8-mile side trail off the GLT was opened. The Woodsum Spur traverses the open ledges around the summit of Puzzle before returning to the GLT. If you are interested in helping to maintain the GLT, please contact MATC Baldpate District Overseer Tom Gorrill at woodencanoeboy@gmail.com or (207) 657-4249; or Kim Marion, AMC North Country Volunteer Coordinator at 603-466-2721 X192. This significant trail-building effort was done over a six-year period by members of the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition, which includes the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Maine Conservation Corps, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, several timber management companies, Sunday River Ski Resort, and other private landowners. Funding was provided by several private donors and foundations, as well as by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and federal Recreational Trails Program funding. This trail is partially within the 9,993-acre Mahoosuc Ecological Reserve, which, like all Maine State Ecological Reserves, is specifically set aside to protect and monitor natural ecosystems. More information about the reserve can be found at Maine Natural Areas Program’s Ecoreserve Fact Sheet for Mahoosuc Unit. The section of trail over Puzzle Mountain is mostly on land owned by the Mahoosuc Land Trust and permanently protected from development.Show more
#9 - Baldpate from the East (Andover) Side via Cataracts Trail and Frye Brook Trail
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
The trail starts out with an easy .4 mile trek next to a series of waterfalls. There is a picnic table, outhouse, and excellent swimming holes along the way. After following the brook with more waterfalls and nice trail conditions, a bog with stepping stones is reached at 1.9 miles and the blue blazed trail gets rougher and steeper at 2.2 miles. This part of the trail is not heavily hiked and is maintained like the AT in Maine (which it was until the early 1970s). The junction with the white blazed AT is reached at 2.9 miles. Obviously, the AT is more heavily used and here the trail is easier to follow. You may also meet AT thru hikers. Only a very steep .4 more miles over ledge to the summit of Little Bald Pate with impressive west views over Andover, Ellis Pond, and Mt Blue on a clear day. A small drop then a moderate climb brings you to the top of East Bald Pate at 3.75 miles with amazing 360 views. Old Speck is immediately west and the Presidentials are visible to the southwest on a good day.Show more
#10 - Mother Walker Falls
Grafton Notch State Park
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 4 m
A scenic outlook right down the road from Screw Auger Falls. Show more