Grafton Notch State Park
Grafton Notch State Park information
Sitting astride the Grafton Notch Scenic Byway within the Mahoosuc Range, this rugged park is a stunner. Carved by a glacier that retreated 12,000 years ago, the notch is a four-season playground, chock-full of waterfalls, gorges, lofty viewpoints and hiking trails, including 12 strenuous miles of the Appalachian Trail .
Peregrine falcons build nests in the cliffs, helping the park earn its spot on the Maine Birding Trail (www.mainebirdingtrail.com); the best viewing is May to October.
Cross-country skiers and snowshoers enjoy the park in winter. If you're short on time, simply wander the path beside Screw Auger Falls , at the main parking lot. This 23ft waterfall crashes dramatically through a narrow gorge. If you have more time, try the 2.4-mile round-trip hike up to Table Rock overlook or the 2.2-mile Eyebrow Loop Trail .
There are excellent picnicking opportunities within the park; the Spruce Meadow picnic area is signed off ME 26. There are no campgrounds, however.