Screw Auger Falls – North Oxford, ME

(Not to be confused with Screw Auger Falls in Gulf Hagas, ME)

Overall Rating: 3/5
Swim Rating: 3/5
Hike Time / Distance: Negligible / Less than .1mi
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Fee: 3$/person for ME resident // 4$/person for non-resident // 1$/senior citizen (65 & older)
Restrooms Available // Partially Handicap Accessible (There is an access trail to see the upper falls)
A pdf with more information on Grafton Notch State Park and Mahoosic Public Lands can be found here.

Just a half mile up from Step Falls in Newry on Route 26 sits Screw Auger Falls. As you first walk in from the parking lot, you see the upper falls, which, in all honesty, can leave you slightly unimpressed. But, a short walk to the left will lead you to a pretty impressive gorge and an awesome natural arch. (Okay, so it’s a tiny little arch, but it’s not man made and I call that pretty awesome.)

I thought this waterfall was cute, but it honestly left me, overall, a bit unimpressed. I try to keep direct opinions off of here and just give overall summaries, but maybe it’ll help you along on your trip, so here goes. I don’t know if it was the fact that there wasn’t much to explore and see or the fact that you’re paying a bit too much for what you’re seeing, but something about this place left me kind of feeling… for lack of a better word, ‘meh’. The gorge was cool and the natural arch was probably my favorite, but other than that, I was bored. And, let’s be real, I don’t normally get bored at waterfalls. I looooove them (if you couldn’t already guess by most of my posts).

Don’t get me wrong, if you’re interested in visiting this location per pictures or other posts you’ve seen online, you should! Many people love it here and I don’t blame them, but everyone also has a different opinion. If you’re going to visit, unless you’re going in the summer time, I might suggest planning a day trip to make a stop here and then visit other waterfalls/hikes in the area, such as Step Falls, Mother Walker Falls, or Moose Cave along with a few others (check out the pdf link above!)

To find Screw Auger Falls:
If coming from the east, take Route 2 in Newry and turn onto Route 26. The falls will be about 9.8 miles up on your left.
If coming from the west, take Route 26 east towards North Oxford/Grafton Notch State Park. It’ll be on your right (at different distances depending upon where you access Route 26).

Have fun and be safe!!

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