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Grafton Notch State Park

Bethel, ME
207-824-2912
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Bethel
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Quebec City, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
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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
3 helpful votes 3 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
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3 reviews 3 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Bethel, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a beautifully scenic road trip through Grafton Notch with several spots for adventure along the way. Screw Auger Falls is one of the more accessible stops along the way offering a stream flowing through a glacier carved gorge. The falls are nearby a parking lot with several trails leading to various parts of the gorge and to picnic... More

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Muscatine, IA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Easy trails, well laid out with great views. Park is 20 minutes from Bethel and on your way up to the higher mountains.

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Lancaster, New Hampshire
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Screw Auger Falls is a beautiful scene (don't get too close and fall in!) and has some good places to swim or soak above the falls. Falls are about 23' tall. Great picnic area. Moose Cave is a great short hike through the woods to a 45 foot deep canyon in the bedrock. Mother Walker Falls isn't as exciting as... More

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