Table Rock Trail

Oxford County, Maine 04278

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain1,268ft
Trailhead Elevation1,496ft
Top2,400ft
Elevation Min/Max1496/2400ft
Elevation Start/End1496/1496ft

Table Rock Trail

Table Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Oxford County, Maine. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 1,496 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,268 feet. The trail ends near the Table Rock viewpoint and Table Rock (elevation 2,343 feet). This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail.

Table Rock Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"If you’re looking for sweeping mountain views with a short burst of effort, you can’t beat this trail in Maine’s picturesque Grafton Notch State Park. The 3112 acre park, located in western Maine, is a favorite destination among outdoor lovers. Hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail (AT), crisscross the woods, dotted with lakes, ponds, and rivers.

The park is also home to Old Speck; at 4180 feet, it’s Maine’s third-highest peak (ranked behind Katahdin and Sugarloaf). Snowshoeing up Old Speck should be left to the experienced—and very hardy. But this moderate, short jaunt up to Table Rock will reward you with similar mountain views. Table Rock is a huge, open ledge overlooking Grafton Notch, Old Speck, and the surrounding valleys and peaks of western Maine."

"Kids are always excited about the initial leg of any hike: the challenging ascents, the anticipation of a waterfall or summit or wilderness lake up ahead, the sense of working toward a worthwhile goal. But what about the return trip, usually summed up as “Retrace your steps”? Ho-hum, right? Not on this hike! The trip to Table Rock along the Appalachian and Table Rock Trails is as gratifying as any ascent, but the return trip through a maze of boulders dotted with dark caves and mysterious tunnels is far from anticlimactic.

In fact, it is so demanding we recommend that groups with less experienced hikers turn back after exploring the first set of caves and, yes, “Retrace your steps.” (Even though this increases the total hiking distance to 3.5 miles, the hike will be downgraded to a rating of moderate.) The one guarantee we’ll make to those of you who forge ahead: No one in your group will complain about the dull descent!"

"Spectacular views await after either a moderate one-way hike or a more challenging loop up chutes and ladders in the scenic Grafton Notch area. Grafton Notch is one of Maine’s most spectacular recreational areas, rife with cascading waters, swimming holes, mountain peaks, and abundant trails.

Backcountry terrain here can be rugged, and the 3,000-acre state park includes twelve of the most challenging miles along the whole Appalachian Trail (AT). This hike to Table Rock balances a taste of rugged backcountry adventure with family-friendly manageability."

"Table Rock is a perch from which one can gaze upon winter’s glory. Nearly 1,000 feet above one of Maine’s most scenic roads, the massive flattened ledge is an alfresco table smack across from the state’s third- highest peak—Old Speck. Ranked behind Katahdin and Sugarloaf, Old Speck stands at an impressive 4,180 feet.

From Table Rock, look across at the mountain down into the undulating hills through the notch. The huge ledge (visible from the highway at the Moose Cave parking area) is part of the 3,192-acre Grafton Notch State Park. The park is ripe with hiking trails and wildlife. To climb Old Speck in winter is quite an undertaking. To snowshoe to Table Rock via the Appalachian Trail (AT) is to attain maximum views for nominal efforts. Surface quality: Unpacked."

Table Rock Trail Reviews

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6/18/2011
Loved this trail. Such an adventure with the wooden beams, the wood ladders and the metal "rungs" in the rocks. And going through the rock "caves" was so cool. I would definitely recommend reversing the loop. We took the orange trail up. It was steep in places. We had to use our hands and find good foot placement on some parts, but trying to do that on the descent would have been tricky. The descent on the blue to white trail was a very easy trek.
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4/24/2009
This is a great trail for older kids. Lots of snow and ice in late April. Definitely recommend the direction of the loop suggested here - white to blue to orange. The 1 mi descent is steep, rocky and fun but would have tired out little legs going up more than the 1.5 mi ascent along the AT. Challenging for kids and beautiful.
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1/1/2008
Great views on this trail, look forward to trying it out in the summer! The last 200 yds are very technical for snowshoeing, so be careful on the descent!
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Trail Information

Oxford County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Grafton Notch State Park, 207-824-2912, parksandlands.com
Local Contacts
USGS Old Speck Mountain quad; AMC Mahoosucs Map & Guide, E5 (AMC)
Local Maps