By Rachael L. Jeffers

DSCN5165Deep in the Sandwich hills, there is a true gem of the Lakes Region – Beede Falls. As the road winds up into the hills, vistas of Squam Lake and the surrounding mountains and farms remind visitors of the beauty of the region. Just inside the southern boundary of the White Mountain National Forest, these waterfalls and shallow pools are perfect for cooling off on a steamy summer day. The falls can be heard even as you start out on the well-marked path from the small parking area. With very little elevation along the path, this walk is perfect for families and the rewards DO NOT disappoint.

If you’re looking to make a day trip of an off-the-beaten-path variety, you should round out your journey with a stop at The Great Wall of Sandwich, which was featured on NHPR in May 2015. Completed in 1875, this granite behemoth snaking through the picturesque farms of Sandwich also includes a 7-foot tall statue of Niobe, which had toppled during a 1941 hurricane and was only recently restored in 2012. Check out the NHPR feature for more details and a ‘tour’ of the wall and its history from Boone Porter, the Sandwich resident who made sure Niobe was returned to her rightful perch at the head of the Great Wall.

SandwichCreameryFinally, no summer time trip into the heart of Sandwich is complete without a stop at the Sandwich Creamery! Follow the signs until you find the cows… delicious ice cream and cheeses await.

Directions for your day trip to Sandwich: To reach Beede Falls from Wolfeboro, NH – take NH-109 N towards Moultonborough. Left on Rt. 25 and then turn right to continue on NH-109 N to Grove Street in Sandwich, NH. Grove Street become Diamond Ledge Rd. Take a left onto Sandwich Notch Rd (closed winters) and follow this until you see a small parking area on the right for Beede Falls. The Great Wall of Sandwich is located at the intersection of NH-109 and Little Pond Road which branches off to the left as you head out of Center Sandwich. You can view the wall and the statue of Niobe from Little Pond Road, but the property is private.

For more information about Niobe or the wall, contact the Sandwich Historical Society at 603-284-6269 or go to www.sandwichhistorical.org.

The Sandwich Creamery, which has been in operation since 1995, can be found at 134 Hannah Road, North Sandwich, NH 03259.

Rachael is a New England based writer and public historian. She loves travel, photography, and family history – you can learn more about her work at www.rachaeljeffers.com and read more of her writing on her Things That Count blog.