Austin Farm Road, Exeter/W. Greenwich
With over 14,000 acres, the Arcadia Management Area is Rhode Island’s largest recreational area, and offers many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding.
This photo may or may not be what you see at Stepstone Falls because, given another season or more rainfall, the falls can be much, much larger or even significantly smaller. The trail along the river, past an old quarry, and over various boardwalks and bridges is lovely. And the pinnacle of Stepstone Falls is definitely a crowd pleaser. Take the blue and yellow trails about 1 mile and then follow the white and blue trails on your right to Falls River Road. Walk along the road just to cross over the river and here you’ll be able to enjoy the best and closest views of the falls. Follow the yellow trail on this side of the river, making a sharp left turn after the old pavilion, and continuing all the way back to your car.
Length: 3 miles
Difficulty: moderate for children
Map: StepstoneFallsTrailMap; to access other Arcadia maps and other DEM areas click here
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
You might want to bring: a picnic to enjoy at the falls
Note: fluorescent orange requirements apply for all users during the hunting season (learn more)
Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the Arcadia Management Area website.
Get directions or follow ours: From Route 3/Nooseneck Hill Road, turn west onto Route 165/Ten Rod Rd. Travel 5.2 miles and turn right onto Escoheag Hill Rd. In less than a mile, take a right at the red building onto Plain Road. Look for the parking area about 1 mile down on your left.