Campsites were in fair shape with Privy's. Including a section of the Appalachian Trail, it provides a multi-day loop backpacking experience. Did the loop clockwise in 4 days, 3 nights. In 2011, a new 1.8-mile side trail off the GLT was opened. We're accepting reservations for the 2020 Camping Season 2020 - OPEN Mid-May through Columbus Day. This potentially has the makings of a great trail, but the only views were on Sunday River Whitecap. From the intersection of US Route 2 and ME Route 26 in Newry, follow ME Route 26 approximately 12 miles north to where the Appalachian Trail crosses the road. Two trails allow for moderate or more challenging options, and for a longer hike continue up to Baldpate Mountain for 5.8-7.6 miles total. This 38.2-mile circuit is still the new kid in the hiking guidebook; the eastern half was completed and opened in 2003, while the western half began accepting boot traffic in 2007. Countless PUDS but the views are spectacular. I get the impression that it does not see a lot of traffic as it is very overgrown, in places it felt like we were bushwhacking because the growth was so thick. If you are interested in maintaining a section, please see the Baldpate Districtin the current vacancy section of our Trail Maintainer Page. I called Banks and they were no help. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. But a trip to this state park does not need to include a summit experience. We camped Friday night at the Bald Mountain Campsite (2 miles from Rt 26) which had 2 wooden tent platforms, designated kitchen area with bear box, and composting outhouse. The trail leaves Route 26 and continues 17.1 miles to the summit of East Baldpate where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail. Slide Campground had a bear box. We had lunch at the Sargent Brook campsite, which didn't have any water source we could find. Interested in learning more about trails in Maine? The Grafton Notch Loop is 39 mile trail that was completed in 2007. Close to the Sunday River ski area in western Maine near the New Hampshire border, it generally follows the mountain ridge lines that surround Grafton Notch and the Bear River Valley, passing over the summits of Old Speck, the Baldpates, and Sunday River White Cap. Lots of PUDS but great view from Sunday River Whitecap. Portions of the trail traverse both Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park as well as a good deal of private land. There is a campsite (Bull Run) 1.9 miles from Old Spec with water and another campsite (Slide) 2.1 miles further with marginal water. After some views to the south and east, the trail descends a long series of rock steps to a campsite and finally down to the Bear River and ME Route 26. About 0.1 mile before the southwest summit, the Woodsum Spur trail leaves the main trail to the right. View from Sunday River White Cap was phenomenal! From here is the 2.1 mile ascent of East Peak of Baldpate, where, after 17.1 miles, the trail connects the Appalachian Trail. Sunday's summiting of Old Speck was my favorite part of the hike; super gentle inclines through some beautiful forests. In some areas the trail was over grown and we did find a few blow downs. A short side trail leads to a good view near the summit. This challenging trail traverses the peaks in the Mahoosuc Region above Grafton Notch and the Bear River Valley. I helped build the trails here in 1994! The trail then ascends Lightning Ledges for several good views. In Grafton Notch State Park, part of the Maine Birding Trail, birdwatchers can observe peregrine falcons, a wide variety of songbirds, and - at higher elevations - northern forest species. Camping is allowed only in 5 designated campsites along the trail, and in some sections, it is a long distance between reliable sources of water. Andover, Andover West Surplus Twp, Grafton Twp, Newry, Riley Twp, Click on a parking icon to get custom directions. Birdwatchers can observe peregrine falcons, a wide variety of songbirds, and at higher elevations some northern forest species. The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. Take the 0.3-mile spur to the left, at approximately 3.5 miles from the trail head, to the summit and observation tower. Highly recommend Lane campground, it has a waterfall and small pools to take a dip (chilly but soothing). In the woods nearly the whole trip. The Appalachian Trail goes through GNSP. Bear box at Slide was left open and full of water. Realize there is an upper loop trail at 4.5 miles to the falls, and a lower loop trail at 3.5 miles to the falls. This major trail effort was a cooperative effort among private landowners, the state of Maine, and nonprofit organizations such as the AMC. Please try again. Campground had a running stream and 3 sites with 1 bear box. Stream dried up at Stewart so make sure to fill up at the stream at the base of Puzzle. I parked my car at the Rattle River Trailhead just off Rt 2, outside of Gorham, NH, and waited for my ride up to the trail head in Grafton Notch about 35 miles north. Trail was not well blazed and in the open hardwood sections, overgrown. AT parts of the trail are much better maintained than the other parts which are pretty overgrown. On my 1988, even with a functioning air vent valve system, the heater core is such a hot element, that it wasn't letting my evaporator work well. All that being said, we had a great 3 days with particularly beautiful views white cap. We actually arrived at the summit by 'accident'; we heard some voices, turned a corner, and were there! From the junction of Route 2 and Route 26, travel North on Route 26 (towards Grafton Notch State Park) 4.7 miles and turn right into a gravel parking area. No fires are allowed on the trail or at the campsites. This is a tough little trail! The western portion of Grafton Notch State park offers two advanced hiking trails that offer excellent views of the mountain range and challenging terrain. We only hiked to Puzzle Mountain, but the trail and views were amazing! There are four campsites that allow camping on this portion of the trail. Along the gradual descent there is a campsite to the right. We hiked just the western portion of the loop on 9/18-20/2020 as our first ever backpacking trip (though we've put some 10-15 mile day hikes in our books this summer). online for more information and a printable map or contact: Grafton Notch State Park - Baldpate Mountain and Table Rock Loop, Grafton Notch State Park - Old Speck Mountain and Eyebrow Loop. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, much of it on private land. Appalachian Trail This rugged 21.6-mile route links five summits and passes a plague honoring the final section of the Appalachian Trail. Campsites near the Appalachian Trail, the Mahoosuc Range, Grafton State Park & Grafton Loop Trail. This 38.6-mile loop trail located in the Mahoosuc Mountain Range of Maine was completed in 2007. Most people were on the AT. The water source is a brook, which was pretty dried up, but we were able to walk up the creek bed and find a fairly deep and clear pool for our bottles/dinner. Table Rock & Baldpate The best short hike in Maine, Table Rock is a 2.4-mile roundtrip in Grafton Notch State Park with spectacular mountain views at the summit. Water is available at each campsite. We camped Saturday night at the Bull Run Campsite (2 miles south of Old Speck Mountain), which had all the same amenities as the Bald Mountain campsite. Still love the hike. Coming north on Route 26, the parking area are will be on the right, directly across from Eddy Road on the left. Had a little water on the way up. Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Maine trail finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more! More information about the reserve can be found at Maine Natural Areas Program’s Ecoreserve Fact Sheet for Mahoosuc Unit. Length 2.1 miElevation gain 1069 ftRoute type Loop Please prepare accordingly. We did it in 3 days but have talked to folks that have done it in 2-4 days. This byway follows along the Bear River for much of the trip. From here, it heads across a field to a snowmobile bridge across the Bear River. We found the AT section to be the most strenuous, the view from Sunday River Whitecap to be the best, and the summit approach for Old Speck to be our favorite stretch. Southern Trailhead: The southern trailhead is 4.7 miles north on ME Route 26 from the intersection of US Route 2 and ME Route 26 in Newry. Directions to Grafton Loop Trail trailhead: Grafton Notch State Park: Eyebrow loop trail - See 197 traveler reviews, 152 candid photos, and great deals for Bethel, ME, at Tripadvisor. There were some times that the trail was a little touch and go, the section between Town Corner and Lightening Ledge Knob was particularly hard to follow, but not impossible. After the cairn on the summit the trail follows open ledges to about .2 miles after the summit where the other end of the Woodsum Spur trail branches to the right. Grafton Notch State Park is also part of the Maine Birding Trail. The western section of the Trail has been open for use since 2003. The trail, which connects to the Appalachian Trail at Old Speck and the East Peak of Baldpate Mountain on either side of ME Route 26, highlights the natural features and mountain peaks of the area encircling Bear River Valley. The tent site at Slide mountain consisted of privy. After Sunday River Whitecap, the trail skirts the slide on Slide Mountain, descends slightly into the upper Bull Branch (of the Sunday River) valley, and finally climbs the southern flank of Old Speck to reconnect with the AT. Got an 87, 6.9l with a banks kit (pre sidewinder, no waste gate) and the turbo needs to be rebuilt. Route 26 runs through the middle of the notch and it can easily be reached from the Lakes Region in about three hours. Once a route marked by swift-moving rivers flowing through the mountain valley, the Grafton Notch scenic byway begins in Newry, just north of the Sunday River Ski Area, and travels along Route 26 to Grafton Notch State Park and Lake Umbagog, which crosses the New Hampshire border. Lots of blowdowns along the trail. Friday night we parked at the southern parking lot 985 Maine 26, Newry, ME 04261 Near intersection of Rt 26 and Eddy Rd and hiked the 0.5ish mile south from parking lot to the Grafton Loop Trailhead (44.530831,-70.825252) Parking is not allowed here at this trailhead, hence the road hike. Because of its length and the terrain it traverses, the trail is strenuous and requires appropriate equipment and preparation. All reviews table rock screw auger falls grafton notch hiking trails beautiful area orange trail picnic area nice hike picnic lunch short hike large boulders cold mountain difficult trail scenic drive natural beauty great hiking moderate hike few hours cave speck moose loop. This trail is partially within the 9,993-acre Mahoosuc Ecological Reserve, which, like all Maine State Ecological Reserves, is specifically set aside to protect and monitor natural ecosystems. About 1.5 miles from Long Mountain there is reliable water as the trail descends one fork of Wight Brook and the ascends another. This trail is partially within the 9,993-acre Mahoosuc Ecological Reserve, which, like all Maine State Ecological Reserves, is specifically set aside to protect and monitor natural ecosystems. It is often used by camp and school groups. The Grafton Loop is a roughly 39 mile, 9 summit hiking loop formed by connecting a portion of the Appalachian trail with the Grafton Loop Trail. Final day was 4.9 back to the car! From here the trail begins ascending Sunday River Whitecap, passing several open views and then coming out on the open north ridge to finish the climb to the summit where there are views in all directions. Completed in the summer of 2007, the Grafton Loop Trail offers 39 miles of hiking along a trail that connects a series of scenic peaks and other natural features in Maine’s Grafton Notch. Indeed, water and snack a must! Grafton Notch Trail is a 33.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newry, Maine that features a river and is rated as difficult. In the winter, adventurous snowshoers and cross-country skiers enjoy exploring ungroomed trails. We think it’s called the Eyebrow Trail because the trail curves over an exposed cliff with rock grains that are curved like an eye. Tough elevation but worth it in the end! The Woodsum Spur traverses the open ledges around the summit of Puzzle before returning to the GLT. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until November. I hiked the western half of the loop and found the trail to be difficult to follow at times. There's a very pretty brook with a little waterfall that you cross to get to the campsite from the trail. Sargent Brook Campsite was dry. From East: Success Pond Road leaves ME Route 26 about 2.8 miles north of the Appalachian Trail crossing in Grafton Notch State Park. The Glencliff Trail ends at a junction with the Carriage Road in a sag between the South Peak and the main summit. The trail crosses many streams then ascends the north shoulder of Old Speck, rising out of the woods and offering frequent views of the Notch. This 12-miler climbs out of Black Brook Notch and connects a string of summits with far-reaching views of distant peaks and countless lakes. The section of trail over Puzzle Mountain is mostly on land owned by the Mahoosuc Land Trust and permanently protected from development. I saw one Moose and many tracks along with plenty of scat. From Whitecap the trail descends to a campsite below Sargent Mountain and then to Bald Mountain. Not many other hikers on the loop, lots of day hikers near trailheads on 26. The western portion of Grafton Notch State Park offers two rugged trail experiences offering spectacular views of the Mahoosuc Mountain Range and of Old Speck Mountain on the eastern side of Grafton Notch. Fun hike. Trail poorly marked. There was an issue with your submission. Great views on puzzle mountain. Fun hike. Occasional problems finding a trail marker, but overall well marked. As many people probably think, let’s choose the shorter portion since it will be quicker. Grafton Notch lies in Western Maine, along the border with New Hampshire, just east of Mahoosuc Notch. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Grafton Notch Trail is a 53.9 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newry, Maine that features a river and is rated as difficult. I had the Grafton Trail to myself. These awesome businesses support our goal of connecting people to outdoor adventures in Maine! The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, and much of it is on private land.