Grafton Loop Trail Campsites & Shelters 

 

Grafton Loop Trail Campsites

Completed in the summer of 2007, the Grafton Loop Trail offers 39 miles of hiking along a trail that connects a series of scenic peaks and other natural features in Maine's Grafton Notch. This major trail effort was a cooperative effort among private landowners, the state of Maine, and nonprofit organizations such as the AMC. The group's goal was to develop multi-day hiking opportunities that offer alternatives to heavily used sections of the Appalachian Trail (AT).

For the AMC, this was the first major trail constructed by the club since the building of the Centennial Trail in the Mahoosucs in 1976. The eastern half of the Grafton Loop was completed and opened to the public in June 2003. The remainder of the trail (another 21 miles) opened in June 2007.

The AMC maintains the following four sites on the Grafton Loop Trail in Maine: Bull Run, Slide Mtn, Sargent Brook, and Bald Mtn. The others are maintained by the Maine ATC. We'd like to collect data and track the usage of these sites. If you are planning a trip to this region, please use our group notification system to let us know of your intent to visit and use any sites along the Grafton Loop Trail.

Trail Description

The Grafton Loop Trail (GTL) is located on both sides of Route 26 and links with the AT on Baldpate Mountain and on Old Speck.

The eastern half of the GLT consists of a 21-mile arc that leaves Route 26 in Newry, Maine, and returns to the road in Grafton Notch State Park via four miles on Appalachian Trail (AT). Seventeen miles are newly constructed trail, which traverse four mountain peaks and include five primitive campsites. Approximately two-thirds of the trail's length is on private lands with the remainder located on public lands managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Construction of this leg of the trail involved many individuals and organizations, including the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, the Maine Conservation Corps and the AMC.

The western half is a 13 mile stretch, beginning on Route 26, south of the eastern half's trailhead. Traversing the Bear River, Sunday River-Whitecap and Miles Notch, this part of the trail ends on the summit of Old Speck Mountain at its junction with the Mahoosuc Trail/AT. This section includes three primitive campsites.

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Bald Mountain Campsite

Location: 2 miles from Rt 26

Accommodations: 2 wooden tent platforms, designated kitchen area, composting outhouse

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook

Maintaining Organization: AMC

Sargent Brook Campsite

Location: South of Sunday River-Whitecap

Accommodations: 3 raised earth tent pads, designated kitchen area, composting outhouse

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook

Maintaining Organization: AMC

Slide Campsite

Location: 3 miles south of Old Speck Mountain

Accommodations: 3 raised earth tent pads, designated kitchen area, composting outhouse

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook

Maintaining Organization: AMC

Bull Run Campsite

Location: 2 miles south of Old Speck Mountain

Accommodations: 2 wooden tent platforms, designated kitchen area, composting outhouse

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook

Maintaining Organization: AMC

Baldpate Lean-To Shelter

Location: off AT, just west of West Baldpate Mountain

Accommodations: Three-sided shelter

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook

Maintaining Organization: MATC

East Baldpate Campsite

Location: 2 miles from the summit of East Baldpate Mountain

Accommodations: Raised earth tent pads

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook

Maintaining Organization: MATC

Lane Campsite

Location: 1.6 miles, hiking south from East Baldpate Campsite

Accommodations: Raised earth tent pads

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook

Maintaining Organization: MATC

Town Corner Campsite

Location: 1.5 miles, hiking south from Knoll Campsite

Accommodations: Raised earth tent pads

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook

Maintaining Organization: MATC

Stewart Campsite

Location: 5.5 miles hiking south from Town Corner Campsite or 4.9 miles from Rt 26

Accommodations: Raised earth tent pads, outhouse

Caretaker Fee: No

Water Source: Brook (Unreliable)

Maintaining Organization: MATC

* shelter: site with a three-sided lean-to and no designated tenting area.
tentsite: site with just tent platforms or pads in designated area and no shelter/lean-to.
campsite: site with both shelter/lean-to and tent platforms or pads in designated area.
** Regardless of the source, remember to boil, filter, or chemically purify water before use.