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GRAFTON NOTCH STATE PARK
LOCATION - Grafton Notch is on Maine 36 between Upton and Newry.
FEATURES - The park, located at the base of the Mahoosuc Mountains, features Mother Walker Falls, Moose Cave, Step Falls, and the famed Screw Auger Falls where the swirling water of Bear River has worn holes up to 25 feet deep. Old Speck, fourth highest mountain in Maine, and the Baldpate Mountains are separated by Grafton Notch.
ACTIVITIES - The park is well known for its challenging hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail that enters the state here en route for a 276-mile trek to the summit of Mount Katahdin. Step Falls, located in a preserve of the Nature Conservancy next to the park, is reached by a trail that leaves from Maine 26. Hike to granite ledges overlooking Old Speck Mountain.
Other hiking trails include Moose Cave, Table Rock Trail with a steep one-mile climb up Baldpate Mountain, and Eye Brow Loop that passes Cascade Falls, Old Speck, and Baldpate Mountains. A 4-mile trail up Old Speck Mountain is on Maine 26 north of Bethel and 3 miles north of Screw Auger Falls.
Go fishing or enjoy a picnic at Screw Auger Falls where you can go deep pool swimming in Bear River. At Mother Walker Falls Gorge, a short distance north from Screw Auger, you can cross natural stone bridges and hike easy trails following the 900-foot gorge.
Mountain bicyclists can take a lift up to Sunday River's ski trails from mid-June through Columbus Day weekend. For information, call Sunday River at 207-824-3000. Mountain bike rentals are available in town. Hikers can also ride up the lift, but should be prepared to hike back down the mountain.
Take a scenic auto tour loop through the state park to Errol, New Hampshire, and back to Bethel through Berlin. You pass two spectacular waterfalls, the Cataracts and Dunn falls. Pick up a map at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce.
Photographers come to shoot Artists Bridge, Sunday River's covered bridge located a short distance beyond Sunday River's access road. Constructed in 1870, it's also accessible from the Sunday River cross-country ski trails.
During the winter, downhill skiers have access to Sunday River near Bethel and Mount Abram, which is 5 miles south of Bethel on Maine 26 in Locke Mills. Cross-country skiers can go to Sunday River Inn, Bethel Inn and Country Club, or to Carter's Cross-Country Ski Center, all located in Bethel. Snowmobiles have access to many miles of trails in the Bethel area.
Annual events include many cross-country ski races, Mollyockett Day held the third Saturday in July, Sudbury Canada Days held the second weekend in August, and a blueberry festival also held in August. In April, attend Pole, Paddle and Paw, an April Fool's Day race using skis, canoes, and snowshoes, held at Sunday River Cross-Country Ski Center. For information, call 207-824-2410.
Small plane pilots can land at Col Dyke Field 2 miles northwest of Bethel. Taxis are available.
Grafton Notch State Park
Bethel, Maine 04217
Grafton Notch State Park on the map. How to get there and what to see in the Grafton Notch State Park, Maine