MORE WATERFALLS IN RHODE ISLAND



The following is a list of additional waterfalls in Rhode Island that I haven't visited yet or I have made a visit but elected not to create a separate page for the falls for one reason or another (i.e. it was located on private property, it was unimpressive, it was a dam, etc.). If you are looking for the main list of waterfalls in Rhode Island that I have visited and documented, click here.

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STATE WATERFALL NAME
SCENIC
POTENTIAL
TOWN NOTES & DESCRIPTION
RI Albion Falls POOR Lincoln this is a DAM along the Blackstone River
RI Ashton Falls POOR Lincoln this is another DAM along the Blackstone River
RI Blackstone Gorge POOR North Smithfield this is a DAM with a gorge below it; access is supposedly via Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park
RI Bliss Falls POOR Unknown rumored falls or DAM on the Ten Mile River; I wonder if this is the same waterfall as Hunt's Mills Falls?
RI Branch River Falls POOR Unknown my guess is that this is a DAM or is at least DAM-controlled; supposedly "near Pawtucket"; not much information is known about these falls, and there's a chance it goes by another name (perhaps another waterfall or DAM listed on this page?)
RI Falls, The POOR North Kingstown small set of natural cascades within the King/Benson Preserve Trail system, which includes the King Preserve, a relatively new property of The Nature Conservancy (created in 2016); a trail map can be found here; the falls are off the white-blazed Pettaquamscutt Trail, and the trailhead is on Snuff Mill Road
RI Fisherville Brook Falls POOR Exeter this is a small DAM within the Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge; "At the end of the (upper) pond is a little waterfall and DAM that is a great place to stop and have a rest or bite to eat."; trail map here: https://asriorg.presencehost.net/file_download/a3a25932-edaf-48fa-bb3a-40e9254d80e1
RI Forest Brook Falls POOR Unknown most likely PRIVATE PROPERTY; I am unsure if this is a DAM or natural falls
RI Georgiaville Dam & Gorge POOR Smithfield a DAM with small cascades and a gorge below it; Woonasquatucket River
RI Harrisville Falls POOR Burrillville a stone DAM near the center of the village of Harrisville in the town of Burrillville
RI Hunt's Mill Falls
(picture)
POOR Rumford or East Providence a DAM and fish ladder with some small cascades directly below the DAM and a few more just downstream; Ten Mile River; access via Hunt's Mills Road near US-44
RI Lime Rock Cascades POOR Unknown my guess is that this is a DAM or is at least DAM-controlled; Moshassuck River
RI Lawton Valley Falls FAIR Newport based on a historical postcard I have seen, this looks like a pretty and natural waterfall; this is likely near the Lawton Valley Reservoir; however, I highly suspect is it located on PRIVATE PROPERTY
RI Mill Falls POOR Unknown may or may not be a DAM; Stillwater River; this may be the same thing as "Stillwater Falls" or "Woonsocket Falls"
RI Pawtucket Falls POOR Pawtucket a DAM on the Blackstone River
RI Pawtuxet Falls POOR Warwick & Cranston a series of very small cascades and rapids on the Pawtucket River; this is the site of Rhode Island's largest DAM removal site (the DAM was removed in 2011 to allow fish to once again travel upstream); this is not the same place as "Pawtucket Falls"; the falls are visible from Broad Street (also known as the Narragansett Parkway")
RI Pine Swamp Brook Falls FAIR Coventry there is a small waterfall and some smaller cascades on Pine Swamp Brook in the Foster section of the George B. Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge; the falls are near the bridge where the trail crosses the stream; you may have to do a short amount of bushwhacking either upstream or downstream from that bridge
RI Pocasset Falls POOR Johnston seasonal but natural falls near I-295; access requires traveling through a large, long and dark culvert, which can be dangerous and is probably illegal; the conundrum is that the best time to visit these falls (late winter/early spring, or after heavy rains) is also the most dangerous time to visit them
RI Ponaganset Falls POOR Unknown a DAM of the Scituate Reservoir
RI Robin Hollow Pond Falls POOR Cumberland I believe this is a small DAM; you may be able to see the DAM from Dexter Street
RI Shannock Horseshoe Falls POOR Richmond a horseshoe-shaped DAM within the village of Richmond known as Shannock
RI Soucy Falls POOR Woonsocket this is a three-tiered DAM on Harris Pond; the DAM is just south of the MA-RI border
RI Stillwater Falls POOR Unknown my guess is that this is a DAM or is at least DAM-controlled; Woonasquatucket River; may also be called Stillwater Pond Falls; this may be the same place as "Mill Falls"
RI Table Rock Falls POOR Unknown no other information known, and at this point, I'm not sure where I even originally found this waterfall reference (is this even a real place?)
RI Treadmill Falls POOR Unknown no other information known, and at this point, I'm not sure where I even originally found this waterfall reference (is this even a real place?)
RI Vernal Shower POOR Unknown no other information known, and at this point, I'm not sure where I even originally found this waterfall reference (is this even a real place?)
RI Wolf Hill Quarry Falls POOR Smithfield seasonal but natural waterfall either within or very close to the Wolf Hill Preserve; access to the falls is supposedly via off Mountaindale Road; this waterfall can be quite pretty after heavy rains or during periods of rapid snowmelt since it is almost completely surrounded by bright and thick green moss; good video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCPH4Emts-M&feature=youtu.be
RI Woonsocket Falls POOR Woonsocket a DAM on the Blackstone River

Last Updated: March 2017

HOW CAN I FIND EVEN MORE WATERFALLS?

If you want to try to discover even more waterfalls, here are some research tips. I use these same tips to help find more waterfalls for this site:
  • Scan through in-circulation and out-of-print waterfall and hiking guidebooks; try to obtain copies of out-of-print books through used-book markets like half.com, or by searching through the Google Books website.
  • Review these two great websites: World Waterfall Database and Northeastern Waterfalls.
  • Scan paper and online maps for towns and cities that have a “Falls Road” or "Cascade Road".
  • Look at topo maps to see where rivers drop dramatically in elevation in a short distance. Then either review that area on Google Maps (using its terrain feature) or Google Earth, or go actually hike or bushwhack up and down those rivers.
  • Examine both current and historical trail maps (including those 100+ years old because many waterfalls become "lost" over time).
  • When visiting waterfalls and swimming holes, talk to the local residents and ask if they know of any others nearby.
  • Scan through Flickr groups that focus on waterfalls or photography of a specific region and/or state.
  • Search Google by town or region
    • i.e. Danvers, Massachusetts waterfall
    • i.e. waterfalls near Danvers, Massachusetts
    • i.e. waterfalls of the Berkshires
    • i.e. best waterfalls in Maine
    • i.e. swimming holes Rangeley Lake
    • i.e. top waterfalls in Rutland county
  • Search Google by nature park
    • i.e. waterfalls of Acadia National Park
    • i.e. Baxter State Park waterfalls
    • i.e. swimming holes White Mountain National Forest
    • i.e. waterfalls Green Mountain National Forest
  • Search Google by river, brook or stream
    • i.e. "Halfway Brook" waterfall
    • i.e. "New Haven River" cascade
    • i.e. "Nancy Brook" falls
  • Follow waterfall-related Facebook “pages” and “groups”.
  • Talk to local nature photographers and/or follow their photography or hiking blogs.
  • Find people on Facebook or hiking forums who purposely seek out off-the-beaten-path places and read about their adventures.
  • Visit an existing waterfall and hike or bushwhack both upstream and downstream of the main waterfall for more waterfalls.
  • Search for old waterfall postcards, especially at antique stores.
  • Look through Delorme's Atlas & Gazetteers, looking for marked waterfalls or symbols that represent waterfalls.
  • Periodically try to revisit waterfalls that are closed to the public. While odds are good that the falls will still be off-limits to the general public, there is always a chance that the land changed hands and is now open to visitors.

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