Screw Auger Falls is a stunning waterfall located in Grafton Township near Newry, Maine. The waterfall features a spectacular 25-foot plunge followed by a few smaller plunges and cascades. It can be found along the Bear River which flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although it is best to explore the waterfall in the spring to see the most water flowing, Screw Auger Falls is a wonderful location to visit year-round.
Although the waterfall is most famous for its plunge, there are also some great small cascades, potholes, and shallow pools. The waterfall is a very popular location in the summer because visitors love sunbathing along the rocks and exploring the gorge. Screw Auger Falls is also popular due to the fact that it is only located a few hundred feet from the parking lot, making it extremely accessible.
The waterfall was formed some 12,000 years ago when melting glaciers influenced patterns of the Bear River’s flow by vastly increasing water runoff and its erosive power. A glacier blocked the north end of Grafton Notch causing huge quantities of meltwater to be channeled southward. The river, loaded with sand, gravel, and cobbles released from the ice, began cutting into the granite ledge, producing the deep, contorted gorge. In time, the glacier retreated further north, and the Bear River returned to more normal levels.
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- Height: The main plunge is 25 feet
- Type: Plunge and cascades
- Water source: Bear River
- Swimming: Good (but hard to access)
Screw Auger Falls Location
- Park: Grafton Notch State Park
- Address: Bear River Rd
- Town: Grafton Township
- State: Maine
- GPS: Lat 44.57168 Lng -70.90142
- Parking Notes: The Screw Auger Falls parking lot is located off Bear River Rd (Route 26) in North Oxford, Maine. The parking lot is marked by a sign and it is paved. Parking fees are payable at a self-service fee station.
- Parking Directions: HERE
- Location Directions: HERE