Grafton Notch State Park in western Maine offers breathtaking views of waterfalls, caves and many hiking trails without the parking lots and traffic of Acadia National Park.
Grafton Notch State Park view.
For those looking for a leisurely hike, Grafton Notch State Parks offers three that I took. This is a photo taken at Moose Cave which is only .4 mile loop. Hikers are urged to show caution on the slippery rocks so that one will not fall in the gorge like the unlucky moose for whom Moose Cove was named.
This informational sign in the parking area recounts the legend of Moose Cave. According to the legend, a moose fell into the cave and became trapped. A hunter heard the cries of the moose, but instead of offering it help he shot the moose, removed him and ate him for dinner. That’s a Mainer for ya!
Mother Walker Falls is an easy .2 mile walk that’s cascading waters roar over broken rocks falling into small pools and gradually descending 98 feet.
Another view of Mother Walker Falls.
Located a mile north of the park entrance, Screw Auger Falls offers visitors an excellent opportunity to unwind along the Bear River. The paths around Screw Auger Falls lead to a 23-foot waterfall. Very pretty.
A view of falls at Screw Auger Falls.
Step Falls offers a nice hike along the falls in a wildlife management area near Newry.
Stone bench at Step Falls.
Another view along Step Falls.
The Sunday River Bridge built in 1872, is named the Artists’ Covered Bridge because of its reputation as being the most photographed and painted of the venerable covered bridges in Maine.
The Sunday River bridge, an 87 foot Paddleford truss, was closed to traffic in 1958 when a new bridge was built downstream.