At just 1.4 km, Beede Falls is a short in and out the moderately busy trail. With very little elevation, reaching Beede Falls is a relatively easy activity that can be followed by visitors of most abilities. As you walk deeper into the trail, the sound of water intensifies, as the main fall gets closer. A short wooden bridge crossing over a stream leads to this spectacular site.
Visitors reach an opening surrounded by tall trees and tiny shrubs, dominated by a 35-foot high waterfall. As water from Bearcamp River flows over a large slab of flat granite, falling into a clear 50 foot wide inviting refreshing pool of water. The sandy bedded pool is fairly shallow, as the water moves further along the stream through a lazy river, creating smaller pools along the way.
On warm days, some visitors opt for a refreshing dip in the water. It is also possible to enter the small cave behind the fall and take a water distorted look at the area. This makes for an excellent photographic opportunity. Most visitors just find a resting place on one of the thick fallen branches or large boulders and follow the action from the sidelines. Beede Falls is busiest between Spring and Autumn, however, to see the strongest fall it is ideal to visit after heavy rainfall. As a matter of fact, when the current is in their favor, the area is popular among kayakers who raft their way down the fall.
While this is the largest fall in the area, visitors can also move further uphill and view other smaller cascades, which are definitely less busy. Similarly, further down the fall, there are also lower cascades at 20 feet. Another attraction in the area is Cow’s Cave, a small natural opening where legend has it that a local cow once took shelter, giving it its name. Visitors can also spend the night at the Bear Camp Campsite close by.
While Beede Falls may not be magnificent in size, it does make up for it with its natural beauty. Whether you choose to take a dip, or just sit around to soak in the views, this easy nature embellished trail in New Hampshire is definitely worth visiting.