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Grafton Notch State Park

Bethel, ME
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Bethel
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Biking
Description: Affords breathtaking views of waterfalls, caves, and hiking trails without the parking lots, tourists, gift shops and hot dog stands.
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Holden, Missouri
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95 reviews 95 reviews
12 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We stopped here after driving from Acadia NP, 3-4 hours in the car. We wandered around Screw Auger Falls and did a little rock hopping. NIce wooded picnic area with a view of the creek. In early June the mosquitoes were out in force and bug spray only deterred them from biting, not from swarming. We then drove up to... More

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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Grafton Notch State Park is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever visited. I know many people who vacation in Maine and stick to the southern points like Ogunquit or Saco but a trip up to Bethel, and especially Grafton Notch, will most certainly reward your time. I have been there in the spring and fall and would definitely... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Area well marked, great parking, easy to walk around--for any age. Waterfalls and rock formations were really interesting--not the tallest falls I have seen, but roaring and unique. Very pleasant place to spend some time. Took lots of pictures.

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Quebec City, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I drive route 26 in the summer and fall when vacationing from Canada. I used to drive through Grafton Notch State Park but not anymore. I stop every visit at Screw Auger falls. It is a glacier, you can read all about it there. It's educational for kids and adults of all ages (1-90+) you can walk over the glaciers,... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Grafton State Park was just about a 20 minute drive out of Bethel, Maine. It was easy to find, good parking, and easy access. Screw Auger Falls in the park are awesome! We were there in late September and the leaves were already starting to turn. Very picturesque. My husband has back trouble, so we cannot hike very far or... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

gotta see the falls and walk among the birch trees. easy access by car, and a little walk to falls and fall foliage

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Lakeland, FL
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

If your travels take you to the mountains of western Maine, the Grafton Notch State Park is a must see. The streams and small waterfalls of this area are pristine and are tucked away miles from any town, yet easily reached by car followed by a very short hike off the sparsely used highway. There are maybe a half dozen... More

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Ardsley, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Lots of great trails and beautiful scenery. Hiking for all abilities. Don't miss Screw Auger Fall. A great place to cool off in the water and have a picnic lunch. We were there in early August and it was particularly fun to talk with the through hikers on the AT, both NOBO & SOBO. Must have ran across at least... More

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Dallas, TX
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The drive up to Grafton Notch State Park was a nice afternoon trip from Bethel, after going by to see the Artist's Bridge in Newry. If you go to the Bethel (town) website, you can link to a map and info about the State Park and all the stops along the way. Don't recommend the drive up to see Lake... More

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Bethel, Maine
15 reviews 15 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Screw Auger Falls is a must-see; and easy parking right off the road. Step Falls entrance is at bottom of hill just before entering Grafton State Park; about half a mile hike to several levels of pools formed by falls.

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