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Apr-2013

Grafton Notch State Park is located on Rt. 26 between Newry and Upton, on a mountain pass that marks the end of the Mahoosuc Range. Made up of 3,000 acres of land in the Mahoosuc Public Lands, this area was designated by the State to preserve delicate ecosystems and observe ecological changes over time.
 
The rough, rugged terrain is excellent for hardcore hikers, offering 12 of the most challenging miles of the Appalachian Trail. The mountain summits offer spectacular views, particularly from the top of Old Speck. For travelers looking for less challenging terrain, there are shorter walks that end at beautiful waterfalls and gorges.
 
Birdwatchers will find an abundance of songbirds, as well as peregrine falcons; and will be able to observe northern forest species at higher elevations. Travelers often run across deer, bear and moose at the lower elevations, making this area very popular for hunters. Fishermen often come here as well to try catching the brook trout that populate the streams.
 
Winter brings an influx of adventurers, coming to explore the beautiful snowy mountains with snowshoes, cross-country skis, and snowmobiles. Snowmobile Rt. ITS 82 runs through the park from Andover to Trail 18 in New Hampshire.
 
Bisecting the park is the Grafton Notch Scenic Byway, offering beautiful views of the mountains, as well as other pull-offs that highlight various points of interest around the park. Some of the lovely and interesting stops along Rt. 26 are Screw Augur Falls, Mother Walker Falls, Moose Cave, and Spruce Meadow Picnic Area.
 
Grafton Notch State Park is an excellent destination for a family outing. Explore waterfalls, climb mountains, observe wildlife, and watch the seasons change in this spectacular and beautiful area of Maine.

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