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Comfortably situated in the southwest hemisphere of Maine, Grafton Notch State Park is a beautiful recreational area filled with extreme hiking matched with unparalleled views and light walking around the fragrant Maine woods. With the scenic city of Waterford just 45 minutes away and rural Andover ten minutes closer, you’ll have a blast exploring the picturesque countryside with both your camera and your campervan. Whether you're looking to view the changing colors in fall or enjoy the park in its finest hour in spring, it all starts with a search for an RV in Oxford County to get your vacation started.
Evidence of the massive power of water at every turn, Grafton Notch State Park features an environment completely designed by water rushing over smooth stone for thousands of years. Have fun hiking rugged terrain where the rocky paths are doused with magical rushing springs of water, with lush green forestry surrounding every bend. Although the park is seasonally open from May to October, Newry campers can still launch into a plethora of activities in the offseason such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
If you’re camping near Grafton Notch State Park in the frigid winter months, then bundle up nice and warm for an exciting day on the trails. Strap on those snowshoes for an invigorating cross-country experience or hop on your snowmobile for a low elevation trek across the wild countryside. Or, grab your camera for the spectacular autumn months, when the landscape melts into red and green candied ribbon. Leaf peepers will travel days simply to reach this colorful destination spot during September and October.
Not a fan of the colder weather, but still looking to get in some quality time with nature? Hiking is a popular option during the warm summer months as the park has miles and miles of untamed wilderness to explore. Load up a backpack with plenty of water to keep you going for more than a few hours, as you’ll definitely want to immerse yourself in the numerous day hikes available. Featuring some of the Appalachian Trail’s most extreme trails in the journey, Grafton Notch State Park will delight the senses and exercise muscles you didn’t know you had!
Although winter is the most wonderful time of year, fall offers one-of-a-kind foliage, summer boasts the perfect hiking climate, and spring is unrivaled when spent experiencing the sights and sounds of Grafton Notch. With the unique waterfalls rushing through miles of smooth rock in a dazzling environment being the main draw to the park, it is no wonder that spring is the coveted time of year to visit. Melting snowcaps and spring rains both contribute to bringing the water level high and is worthy of your appreciation.
RV camping at Grafton Notch State Park isn't available. For those looking to camp in an RV near Newry, head over to Grafton Notch Campground, where you're just a stone’s throw away from all the park action. Open mid-May through Columbus Day, this privately owned campground offers 15 pet-friendly sites near the trickling Bear River. Within a cozy woodland environment, each site offers primitive camping without hookups, nearby access to hot showers and flush toilets, and a convenient trailer dumping station.
You’ll love toasting marshmallows on your site’s fire ring or enjoying a picnic lunch at your site’s picnic table. Although you might enjoy playing frisbee at the campground field area, you can also bring a book and blanket to relax with or play horseshoes in the designated area. Whether you prefer relaxation or recreation, camping at Grafton Notch Campground offers numerous opportunities to do both.
Surrounded by gorgeous New England spots, exploring the area may take you to the photogenic Sunday River Covered Bridge in Bethel, or the fine dining offered in Newry. In Bethel, not only does the town boast one of the most attractive spots in the state, but also a fascinating Maine Mineral and Gem Museum. Snap family photos under what is known as the "artist’s bridge" and then head over to the museum, where colorful archeological finds fascinate the eyes and educate the mind.
Also in Bethel is the Mount Will Walking Trail, an unbelievably cool three-mile trek available to Grafton Notch campers and locals alike. Lace up your hiking shoes and dive deep into the Maine woods for a connection with nature unlike any you’ve ever known before. Once the trail is conquered, jump back in your rental RV and fill up on gas at a convenient station right in town before heading back to Newry.
After a full day of hiking and sightseeing, you’ll love the myriad of dining options available to you right in town! Grab fine dining, hearty pub food, warm comfort food, relaxed American fare, and happy hour snacks to fill your belly. Then head back to Grafton Notch Campground to rest up on some peaceful country sleep before your new day begins.