Bickford Slides
Stow, ME

RATING: 3.5/5.0

Bickford Slides
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STATE: Maine
COUNTY: Oxford County
TOWN: Stow
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Cascades and slides
HEIGHT: Lower slide is 50 feet, upper slide is 40 feet
WATER SOURCE: Bickford Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: To lower slide, 0.7 mile; to upper slide, 1.1 miles
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Moderate
HIKING TIME: 50 minutes to upper slide
ALTITUDE GAIN: To lower slide, up 300 feet; to upper slide, up 500 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Good
DELORME ATLAS: Page 10, C-1 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Parking Fee Charged
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted
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THE FALLS:

Hidden in a deep ravine between Blueberry Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain, 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 connecting a few popular hiking trails.
         The first slides of the trail, appropriately named lower slides, are reached just after your first contact with the brook. This slide is about 50 feet in height, and composed of cascades, slides, and delightful water chutes. Forget about exploring the lower slides; the sheer flume walls are very dangerous and too slippery to safely navigate.
         A 40-foot tall, medium-angle slide, with a clear dark green dark, attractive pool found beneath the slide. Set in a heavily-shaded glen, the upper slide has 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. As the cold river waters warm up, visitors with swim shorts and towels can often be seen making their way to the upper slide.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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