Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hike – Screw Auger Falls

Screw Auger Falls
Screw Auger Falls is located in Grafton Notch State Park in Grafton Township, Maine.  It is a popular tourist attraction.  It features two waterfall drops that each turn away from the other, almost like a screw does.  There are good viewing areas and you can get right on top of the falls, too.

Specific Directions (see General Directions in the Grafton Notch header post here):  Drive into the state park about 6 miles up Route 26 from Route 2.  You will see a big sign that tells you the turn for Screw Auger Falls is coming in 1,500 feet.  It will be on the left.  There is parking for many vehicles.  There are bathrooms and many picnic tables, but no drinking water.

Note:  The state park asks for two dollars for each adult; children under 12 are free.  There are no guards or gates to stop at.  It is on the honor system.  Each park site has a metal column to slide the money in.  Paying at one site covers you for all the other sites in the park.

This is a short walk, not a hike.  When you park follow the well worn trails a little down stream to the falls.  There are wooden railings at the edge of the falls to keep you from falling in.  These are not solid wall barriers, so if you have small children with you, keep an eye on them.

Screw Auger Falls

When you return to your car, do not try to drive out the way you came in.  Instead drive around the short paved parking area to reach the exit.

Cumulative distance:             100 feet
Cumulative elevation gain:   negligible
Cumulative duration:                 15-30 minutes

Maine Mountain Guide

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