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Grafton Notch State Park, Bethel

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Grafton Notch State Park is a public recreation area in Grafton Township, Oxford County, Maine. The state park occupies surrounding Grafton Notch, the mountain pass between Old Speck Mountain and Baldpate Mountain. The park is abutted by the eastern and western sections of the Mahoosuc Public Reserved Land, which total. The park is managed by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
In 1963, the state made its first acquisitions of the land for the park with the purchase of from Brown Company. The addition of 18 more parcels, many less than 5 acres, took place in the 1960s, mostly in 1964. The park boundaries were fixed with the addition on two one-acre parcels in 1977.
The park's mountain scenery includes the Screw Auger and Mother Walker waterfalls and Moose Cave. Recreational opportunities include fishing, hunting, and picnicking. Hiking trails include a rugged 12mi stretch of the Appalachian Trail.
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  • Table Rock Trail was challenging due to slippery rocks due to earlier rainfall, but worth the effort. Beautiful. 
    Table Rock Trail was challenging due to slippery rocks due to earlier rainfall, but worth the effort. Beautiful.  more »
  • We stopped for a couple short hikes with our dog at Grafton Notch while passing through the area. There are several parking areas along Route 26 with access to a variety of trails, from short and... 
    We stopped for a couple short hikes with our dog at Grafton Notch while passing through the area. There are several parking areas along Route 26 with access to a variety of trails, from short and...  more »
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  • We stopped for a couple short hikes with our dog at Grafton Notch while passing through the area. There are several parking areas along Route 26 with access to a variety of trails, from short and easy to long and challenging. We visited Screw Augur Falls, Mother Walker Falls and Moose Cave, all short hikes less than half a mile. Screw Augur Falls is a cool 23-foot waterfall through a narrow canyon with potholes. Mother Walker Falls is another gorge on Bear River, not much of a waterfall though. Moose Cave is yet another gorge on the river with a small cave in it. It's named for a moose that fell in, so be careful not meet the same fate. In addition to the short hikes, there are several much longer and more difficult hikes including Grafton Loop Trail and one of the most challenging sections of the Appalachian Trail.
  • Backpacked the East side of the Grafton Notch Loop. Puzzle mountain was a great view! Stayed at Lane campground which was perfect and had a rolling waterfall. The top of East Baldpate was worth it! Very flat scenic... Crazy windy when we were up there. Stopped by screw auger falls on way out. Great falls for the kids to run around in the pools.

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