Bickford Slide
  • Town: Stow
  • Rating: 3
  • Type: cascades and slides
  • Height: varies
  • Source: Bickford Brook
  • Trail Length: to lower slide, 0.7 mile; to upper slide, 1.1 mile
  • Trail Difficulty: moderate
  • Altitude Gain: to lower slide, +300 feet; to upper slide, +500 feet
  • Hiking Time: 35 minutes to the upper slide

Located on Bickford Brook within the White Mountain National Forest's Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness, Bickford Brook travels downstream towards its confluence with the Cold River. Along the way, hundreds of feet of cascades and slides adorn the brook, most accessible by a few popular hiking trails.

The first slides of the trail, appropriately named Lower Slides, are reached just after your first contract with the brook. These slides are about 50 feet in height and composed of cascades, slides, and delightful water chutes. Forget about exploring the Lower Slides: the flume walls are very dangerous.

A 40-foot-tall, medium-angled slide with a dark, moderately attractive pool encompasses the Upper Bickford Slides. Set in a heavily shaded glen, the Upper Slides have very low water throughout most of the year. Although the area is remote and access can be confusing, the pool, with its depths up to 5 feet, receives moderate use. We saw a troop of about a dozen towel-holding children being led by their guide to the swimming hole when we visited midweek toward the end of June.

Waterfall details provided courtesy of www.NewEnglandWaterfalls.com.

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