Ben Utter Trail is a hiking trail in Kent County and Washington County, Rhode Island. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 284 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 217 feet. The Perkins Family Lot (elevation 171 feet) grave yard can be seen along the trail.
Ben Utter Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Another route within Rhode Island’s 14,000-acre Arcadia Management Area, the Ben Utter Trail passes close by Wood River up to Stepstone Falls, passing mill ruins and massive quarried stones. The return leg passes high above the river through mixed forest.The yellow-blazed trail begins at the parking turnout, paralleling the Wood River close to your right (east) after crossing a wooden bridge. Pine trees tower over the trail, mostly to your right and on the river’s opposite shore, while deciduous trees populate the woods to your left. Continue on a flat grade. Even though the trail is well marked, it can be confusing since you’ll see both blue and yellow blazes next to each other. Cross a wooden footbridge over a small wooded swamp close to the river’s edge at 0.1 mile."
--Steve Mirsky, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island (Falcon Guides).
"While the sight of the river tumbling and spilling down the wide, step-like rocks delights children, the ever-present sound of the cascading water soothes adult ears. The trip to Stepstone Falls via the Ben Utter Trail—lovely any time of the year, but especially appealing on a steamy day or after a rain storm—understandably rates as one of the most popular hikes in the Arcadia Management Area. While it is possible to begin the hike from the falls, it would be anticlimactic to have to walk away from this most appealing sight. A better idea is to begin at the bridge off Austin Farm Road. (Avoid hiking in Arcadia during the late fall and winter because hunting is permitted then. If you do hike then make sure to wear blaze orange for visibility.)"
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
"A streamside trail leads to short tumbling falls. The Ben Utter Trail was named for George Benjamin Utter, who was part of the original trails committee of the Narragansett Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and a strong advocate of hiking, trailblazing, and trail maintenance."
--Christie Matheson, Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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