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Beede Falls

Length: 0.3 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Beginner

Elevation Gain: 0 feet

Rating (click for info): 5/10

Height: 35'

River: Bearcamp River

Best Time to Visit:
Beede Falls is somewhat affected by low water; visit when water is high.

Driving Directions:
Trailhead and parking area are on Sandwich Notch Road in Sandwich, NH. To get there, take Grove Street from the north side of Rt. 113 in the center of Sandwich, just northwest of its junction with Rt. 109. After 0.4 miles, Grove Street becomes Diamond Ledge Road. Continue another 1.9 miles and turn left onto Sandwich Notch Road. Drive just over a mile to a large parking area on the right.

About the Hike:
Hidden down a little-traveled dirt road that extends from Sandwich to Waterville Valley, Beede Falls is a local treasure known to few. Although it is difficult to get to by road, it is very easily accessible from the parking area, being just over 0.1 miles down the Bearcamp River Trail. The falls are very rewarding for almost no effort. They are completely unique - the Bearcamp River slides down a long sloped rock with a small drop at the end. The water spreads out in a sheet over the rock as it rushes down. At the base of the slide is a large pool. The soil under the pool is mainly sand, and in low water, a small beach forms on one side of the water. In high water, the pool is absolutely perfect for swimming (although a bit shallow). Swimmers can even sit underneath or behind the falling water! Once you're done enjoying the waterfall, you can venture upstream (on the rock, no trail) to see more cascades.

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