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A Look at Some Scenic Waterfalls in Rhode Island and Connecticut

photo of Yantic Falls

Waterfalls are some of the most picturesque landmarks you'll ever come across. From Angel Falls in Venezuela to Niagara Falls on the Canada-US border, these natural river formations often leave us in awe and have been captivating humans for centuries.

Although Rhode Island and Connecticut aren't exactly known for their waterfalls, there are a few in the area that you can check out. Most of these locations are accompanied by a hike through the woods, too, so you can turn your quick outing into an entire day in nature.

Living in the coastal regions of Connecticut and Rhode Island immerses you in the beautiful scenery and makes it easy to get out there and enjoy the environment. Here's a look at some waterfalls in the area that provide escapes from the monotony of everyday life.

Horseshoe Falls

We said that waterfalls are a natural phenomenon, and that's usually the case, but Horseshoe Falls in Shannock, RI, is an exception. This human-made waterfall sits in the village's center, under a bridge on Shannock Village Road, allowing you to get extremely close to it.

The village as a whole features an incredible amount of history, as it's the location of a historic mill. Many homes and buildings from the mid-1800s remain standing, so the community is worth visiting even without the falls.

Parking can be a challenge in Shannock, and you won't find anything near Horseshoe Falls. Still, if you have some time to kill and want to see this village anyway, this waterfall should be on your list of things to do.

Stepstone Falls

The Arcadia Management Area in West Greenwich, RI, is one of the state's best hiking areas. You'll find trails for days when visiting the park, and one of these paths near the Wood River will take you to Stepstone Falls.

First things first, Stepstone is a series of small cascades rather than a single waterfall. None of these falls will blow you away with their size, but their setting in a quiet forest that's surrounded by dense tree cover makes them worth the hike.

It about three miles from the parking lot to the falls, so you'll have to work for it if you want to see them. But if you're seeking a day in the wilderness, it's nice to know that there's a waterfall waiting at the end for you.

Chapman Falls

East Haddam, CT, is home to Chapman Falls, a 60-foot waterfall found in Devil's Hopyard State Park. This waterfall is stunning, as it comes down from the top of a small mountain, and the surrounding forests and hiking trails are very scenic, too.

You'll encounter various smaller waterfalls in the park, so if you choose to spend your day hiking near the Eightmile River, you're sure to come across some of them.

However, you don't have to hike at all to get up close to Chapman Falls because there's a small parking lot across the street and a larger one a few minutes away.

Chapman Falls is about a 20-minute drive from Old Lyme, making it easily accessible when exploring the area.

Yantic Falls

You might not expect to find a waterfall in the center of a small city, but that's precisely what's going on in Norwich, CT, with Yantic Falls. The waterfall is natural, too, and there's a footbridge that allows you to walk right over top of it for a first-class viewpoint of the water.

Or, if you'd rather, you can walk some of the surrounding trails for different vantage points of the falls and the Yantic River.

Overall, Yantic Falls is a top-notch experience, and there's parking a short distance away, so you don't have to travel far to get there. It was also the site of a famous battle between the Narragansett and Mohegan tribes, and getting to know the history is an experience all to itself.

Getting to Know the Shoreline

The coastal areas of both Rhode Island and Connecticut are full of surprises. After all, few other parts of the East Coast give you access to scenic waterfalls, hiking trails, and rivers while remaining mere minutes from oceanfront beaches and countless amenities. 

Whenever you're looking for an out-of-the-ordinary way to spend your day, remember that this region has some waterfalls that you can either hike or drive to without spending your whole day getting there. 

Buying a home here ensures you'll never run out of things to do and will constantly find yourself discovering new ways to enjoy your time.