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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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  • Stunning drive through the notch, especially in winter, although you miss out on the two waterfall rest areas which aren’t plowed out.  more »
  • We drove up to this from Portland Maine during Oct foliage time. It was so worth it. This is just a parking lot along side of road, completely uncommercialized!! We did the Table Rock trail which is....  more »
  • It really doesn't get much better than this for the outdoorsy person. This park illuminates the best of what Maine has to offer. The hiking is second to none, the trails are well marked and safe. Your fellow hikers are friendly and willing to give directions when needed. I hiked Table Rock, Old Speck and Eye Brow- all amazing views once the uphill work was complete. I highly recommend a morning or afternoon in the park, there's no fee and parking is excellent.
  • Fun Place to cool off in the summer. Swimming is limited as there are no deep holes, but you can get in behind the waterfall. There are picnic tables and grills along the river which make for a create spot to spend some time. There is a fee for entering, but it is an honor system and it is not well marked, so it is easy to miss. Fun place for an adventure with kids.

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