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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 feels like longer than 7.8 miles, but it's definitely nice! The trail started out flat and after crossing the river a few times, you end up hiking up a mini stream. This blue trail meets up with the Appalachian Trail (labeled white), where it got pretty steep. I got to the parking lot when the rain just had stopped so everything there was very wet and hiking up the steep section was challenging. The top has a 360 view of the area! Also, there are tons of waterfalls on his trail along the river, which make the trail very enjoyable.

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6 days ago

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19 days ago

Great hike, lots and lots of bugs, protein rich environment. Views are great, trip down on loop pretty wet but pretty easy

Great hike - you need to be in shape - lots of rocks to climb over - family of 4 completed it on a beautiful day!

Was told it was an easy hike, was not at all but was definitely worth the work!! Killer views at the top, wicked buggy -- bring bug spray

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28 days ago

Very easy hike with beautiful lower and upper falls especially with the high waters of spring. Well worth the hike.p

Nice 1st hike of the year!

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2 months ago

Great views!

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

In 2002 we rose early and departed from Brunswick through Topsham and Auburn/Lewiston on 196, taking 121 through Mechanic Falls, and getting onto 26N, onto Norway and South Paris, north on 26 from Bethel, then into Grafton Notch State Park. Wes spotted a real live moose along the way (the only one we saw the whole trip). We first stopped at Screw Auger Falls, which was a nice cascade of waterfalls with a gorge at the bottom resembling an auger bit hole that had been crafted by rushing water over the years. We next entered the “notch”, which is a mountain pass or gap, and parked in the parking lot right in the crux and on the AT. We took the climb to the Eyebrow 2.1M RT on Eyebrow Trail Loop (Orange blazes off white-blazed AT), which would descend via the white blazed AT on our return. The hike was very steep and challenging, seemed much longer than 2.1 miles, had lots of rocks and tree roots, but was cool and quiet. My boys surprisingly did not complain too much. A low cloud cover hampered the views of the mountainside. We rested at the top, had a brief snack, and met a nice couple, who had hiked to the top of Old Speck and spent the night. Afterwards, my family made me vow not to do another exhausting hike like that again, even though we all felt like we had accomplished a major trek. Seems now there are ladders and ropes to help get up the hill - we had only used tree roots. Quite steep and challenging, but rewarding.