Western Maines Grafton Notch State Park is a bit on the rugged side. An easy drive from Bethel village, the 3,000-acre park slices through a mountain pass in the Mahoosucs on winding Route 26 with options for nature walks, picnicking, and hikes. Screw Auger and Mother Walker Falls are beautiful. Stretch your legs on a short loop walk by a gorge to Moose Cave or hike to 4,000-plus-foot Old Speck. The Appalachian Trail meanders through the park.
1941 Bear River Road, Newry, 207-824-2912, www.maine.gov, day use Maine resident $2, nonresidents $3, children (5 to 11) $1
(Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands photo)