Stepstone Falls via Ben Utter Trail

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Stepstone Falls via Ben Utter Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near West Greenwich, Rhode Island that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
131 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running





wild flowers



Stepstone Falls Backpack Area is a 0.6 mile out and back trail located near West Greenwich, Rhode Island. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

1 month ago

Nice little spot.

3 months ago

Nice place, especially if you have your dogs. I enjoyed it especially the water.

3 months ago

This is a nice little trail. I suggest parking on 165 at the Frosty Hollow pond area and taking Shelter trail all the way to Ben Utter. You get to pass through the old camping cabins and Steppingstone falls becomes a reward for a 5.5 mile journey through Arcadia. Round trip is a nice almost 12 miles. Great way to spend a day in the woods.

4 months ago

start hike from Falls River rd. because they closed the gate to the entrance road... you have to walk a mile and a half just to get to the trail now... on a long dirt road.. not fun.

5 months ago

I only had one hour and didn’t complete the hike but I’ve already made plans to come back. Beautiful trail by the river.

7 months ago

This might be my favorite trail. I love it.

7 months ago

Nice hike!

9 months ago

I love this place so much! It always offers up a new sight or sound everytime I go there.

10 months ago

Beautiful and easy with a bit of climbing some rocks along the way. The only way it could be better is if it looped.

11 months ago

Easy out and back hike. Wish there were more to the falls but it's peaceful at least following the river.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Very pretty. Footing can be a bit slippery at times with loose rocks. At the top of the falls is actually a place I see people swimming all the time, so bring water shoes if you like taking a dip.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great hiking spot! Not too busy. A little buggy. I'd go again.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

it was challenging in places but very nice

Monday, April 03, 2017

Fun day hiking. Even though there had been heavy rain for previous couple days, trails had drained pretty well; not much mud at all.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nice short and easy trail. Can't beat hiking along the river especially near the falls.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

This trail was wonderful and clearly marked. We were notified of the orange clothing requirement a mile into the trail.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The trail was very pretty but swarming with bugs because of the water. So much so that you are practically tripping over roots and rocks waving bugs away from your face. It was also very hard to find. Maybe early August is not the best time of year for this particular trail.

Monday, September 05, 2016

the falls were almost totally dry but its really nice out there.
This trail also has a lost of up and down my activity tracker showed I climbed 13 floors
great walk

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nice easy hike. Beautiful

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Beautiful views. Easy for dogs and isn't too busy.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Beautiful day!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Nice hike for me my wife and 5mo old girl

Friday, June 05, 2015

I'm sure I went farther than .6 miles, taking the Ben Utter trail as mentioned in another post.
It's sad to see some of the photos posted here.
The picnic area looks much different structurally than it did just a few years ago.

Great hike - pretty easy and even though we'd just received a ton of rain, it had already dried off for the most part.
Saw a couple of folks but hardly anyone and it seems like the area is either very well maintained, well-respected, or pretty unknown.

Monday, May 25, 2015

I completed this hike this morning (5/25/15) with my family. We parked on Plain Rd and hiked up the yellow blazed trail to Falls River Rd (site of the falls), and then returned to Plain Rd using the blue blazed trail, most of which is on an old road. With a little side exploration the total hike was just about 4 miles. This is a relatively easy hike with large sections going along the stream. The falls themselves are very scenic and a great spot to visit. We had a very nice day and even on Memorial Day with good weather it wasn't overly crowded. Excellent hike.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dec 15, 2012- My Boyfriend & I really enjoyed the falls here! As it is winter & chilly we still had a great time- we want to bring my girls back here either in the spring or Fall. The waterfall was right where you can park & the trails were well marked.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A beautiful trail and a beautiful spot! The falls are the northern terminus of the yellow-blazed Tippecansett Trail. Please note that in winter the stretch of Falls River Road leading from Escoheag Hill Road may be closed.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Take this along with the Ben Utter Trail, and be sure to take the River Trail path. That route is easily one of the most attractive spots in the state. At the head is a waterfall. Your route will take you through the forest, along a river that was once the site of a sawmill. Traces of that sawmill still exist.

At the head of the Ben Utter Trail, you have a number of options. You can hook up with the Breakheart Trail to Penny Hill, or follow the Escoheag Trail, or you can turn around and enjoy it all over again. Either way, you will have an excellent adventure.

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