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Grafton Notch State Park

Bethel, ME
207-824-2912
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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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Greenland, New Hampshire
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155 reviews 155 reviews
111 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

It is a rare year when we don't drive through Grafton Notch to enjoy the scenery within and on the approaches to the park. The real gem of the park is Screw Auger Falls, near the southern Newry / Bethel entrance to the park, where the Bear River falls down one broad stretch of granite before plunging down an impressive... More

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Jewett City, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Screw Auger Falls is a must see, the sheer force of what nature can do is evident in the raw beauty of this glacier carved water fall, it makes you feel small and humble.

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New York City
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10 reviews 10 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

rocky trails with lots of roots require some careful footing for a wonderful hike - can be strenuous but well worth it

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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous and very interesting, and you can't beat the price $2/person on the honor system.

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Holden, Missouri
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95 reviews 95 reviews
12 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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USA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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44 helpful votes 44 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
64 helpful votes 64 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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