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Appalachian Trail - Maine- The Appalachian Trail is a footpath of more than 2,150 miles with 276 miles lying in Maine. The renowned Hundred Mile Wilderness falls within Maine.
Mahoosucs Public Reserved Land- Mahoosucs is a 27,000 acre unit located at the end of the Mahoosuc Mountain Range. The area saddles Grafton Notch State Park. Some of the most challenging and rewarding hiking offered by the Appalachian Trail occurs here.

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Description - Located in the Western Maine Mountains Region, Grafton Notch State Park is one of the largest state parks in the Maine system. Spectacular scenery of the Mahoosuc Range, hiking, picnicking and fishing are the main attractions.

Attractions - Grafton Notch State Park is one of the largest state parks offering 3,112 acres for hiking, picnicking and fishing. Spectacular scenery is offered of the Mahoosuc Range. The 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail passes through the park on the way to the trail's northern terminus, Mt. Katahdin. Sights include: Screw Auger Falls, Spruce Meadow, Mother Walker Falls, Old Speck Mountain and Moose Cave.

Recreation - The area is enjoyed year after year by those seeking spectacular scenery. The park offers views of the Mahoosuc Range. Day use facilities include picnic tables and grills. Short hiking trails are available in addition to access to the Appalachian Trail. A main artery snowmobile trail (ITS 82) traverses the park and is maintained by a local snowmobile club.

Climate - The Western Maine Mountains Region, known for its spectacular four seasons, sees average daytime winter temperatures ranging 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius) in the northern area and an average of 14 -18 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -8 Celsius) in the southern area. Summer unfolds for outdoors enthusiasts with temperatures in the northern area averaging 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 Celsius) and in the southern area averaging 68 (20 Celsius). Western Maine Mountains Region experiences a wide range of precipitation. From north to south, the area receives an average of less than 38 inches (97 centimeters) to more than 44 inches of precipitation each year. Summer rainfall averages 3 - 5 inches per month.

Location - From Upton, travel SR 26 southeast for approximately 10 miles.

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Normally Open: Mid-May through Mid-October.


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Filed By: nicholas libby (SOUTH PARIS, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: my wife and i and are 2 kids went up table rock its a very good climb it does get very steep and the trail is very well marked it was a little hard for my kids but they did it one is 3 and my son is 5 if your looking for a fun climb table rock is the one u should do grat veiws to the back side of the trail was much more easy just becareful of the drop off it looks like a trail but its not it a straight drop off but its marked we have fun and i hope if anyone does it they have fun to and be safe and bring lots of water with u

Filed By: Jamie (Leeds, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went up Table Rock Trail in June with my sister and her dog (next time: dog stays home). It starts out on the Appalacian Trail, but then branches off on a gradual trail that quickly turns very steep. There was a very long stretch of steep rock stairs, and then some climbing over boulders (dog was lifted and passed up over these). The view was fantastic, and the trail passes next to a slab cave similiar to Moose Cave. There was still ice in the cave. The Table Rock itself was a ledge high above the road with views of all the surrounding mountains. There was no railing and the fall would have been very far, so I wouldn't reccommend children or unleashed dogs. The descent down the other side was much easier through some scenic woods, where it hooked back up to the AT to loop back to the road. I would definitely do this again, and bring a flashlight for the cave because supposedly there's a whole system of slab caves. Bring lots of water and good ol' Gatorade. We also went to Screw Auger Falls which was amazing, and we played around a little in the shallow water above the falls.

Filed By: Ashley (Pleasant Ridge, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very pretty. Lots of things to see and lots of things to do.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: nicely groomed trails, moderate difficulty, beautiful sight


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Contact Information:
Grafton Notch State Park, 1941 Bear River Road , Newry, ME, 04261, Phone: 207-824-2912

Additional Information:
Appalachian Trail - Maine - The Appalachian Trail is a footpath of more than 2,150 miles with 276 miles lying in Maine. The renowned Hundred Mile Wilderness falls within Maine.
Four Ponds Public Reserved Land - Four Ponds lies just east of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. The Appalachian Trail traverses the length of this 6,000-acre unit with a lean-to at Sabbath Day Pond and a campsite at Little Swift River Pond.
Mahoosucs Public Reserved Land - Mahoosucs is a 27,000 acre unit located at the end of the Mahoosuc Mountain Range. The area saddles Grafton Notch State Park. Some of the most challenging and rewarding hiking offered by the Appalachian Trail occurs here.
Maine Lakes and Ponds - Maine's wilderness environment includes over 3,000 sprawling lakes and ponds. In addition, there are over 32,000 miles of rushing streams and rivers. Visitors and residents enjoy some of the best fishing, whitewater boating and paddleboating opportunities on the East Coast.
Maine State Parks & Public Reserved Lands - Maine's State Parks and Public Reserved Lands are managed for recreation, wildlife and timber. State Historic Sites preserve the rich heritage of the American Revolution and Civil War.
Western Maine Mountains Region - Western Maine Mountains is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Whitewater boating, fishing, hunting and winter sports abound in White Mountain National Forest, Rangeley Lake and Sebago Lake Areas.

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Grafton Notch State Park - Official agency Website

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