Trails to treasures
GRAFTON LOOP (MAINE)
One of the newest trails in New England, the 38.6-mile Grafton Loop, which includes 8 miles of the Appalachian Trail and a 0.6-mile road walk, is a lightly-trampled path to secluded panoramas, bubbling streams, and moose-filled forests.
HIKE: The Grafton Loop is an ideal three-to-five-day destination with nine overnight, backcountry campsites. Much of the trail enjoys moderate grades, but a few steep sections offer friendly challenges. Puzzle, East Baldpate, Old Speck, and Sunday River Whitecap mountains each provide incredible views of northern Maine and the White Mountains.
TRAILHEAD: On Route 26 in Newry, 4.7 miles north of Route 2.
REGULATIONS: First-come, first-served, no fires.
AMENITIES: Tent sites (one shelter), outhouses. www.matc.org/GraftonLoopTrail.htm