Screw Auger Falls
  • Town: Grafton Township
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Type: plunges and cascades
  • Height: plunge is 20 feet
  • Source: Bear River
  • Trail Length: less than 0.1 mile
  • Trail Difficulty: easy
  • Altitude Gain: none
  • Hiking Time: none

One of two Grafton Notch waterfalls described in this guide, Screw Auger Falls--not to be confused with the Screw Auger Falls of Gulf Hagas Brook, also located in Maine--is a 20-foot plunge over the lip of a broad granite ledge into a gorge. Created by the plunge is a transparent curtain of whitewater. Below the main plunge, the Bear River travels through a curvaceous gorge, dropping an additional 30 feet in a series of cascades past giant potholes, shallow pools, and grottoes.

This waterfall is arguably Maine's most heavily visited. On a hot day in early July, we shared the falls and gorge with approximately 100 others. Although the waterfall is far from remote, the countless sunny ledges and sunbathing spots, together with the ability to explore above and below the gorge, will allow you to enjoy this site immensely.

There are several picnic tables, bathrooms, and a large parking area at the site that is known to fill up on hot sunny days in midsummer. As of 2002 the area is open daily 9 AM-sunset, allowing plenty of time to visit.

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