Stillwater Scenic Walkway

Rhode Island

Stillwater Scenic Walkway Facts

States: Rhode Island
Counties: Providence
Length: 1 miles
Trail end points: Farnum Pike/SR 104/SR5 and Capron Road (Smithfield)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017106
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Stillwater Scenic Walkway Description

The Stillwater Scenic Walkway is a short trail that follows an old railroad bed between Capron Road and State Route 104 (Farnum Pike) south of Smithfield. The trail passes through a wooded area along the shore of Stillwater Pond and Capron Pond. The trail provides access to Stillwater Reservoir.

Look for wildlife, particularly birds, along the way. You will also so low dams along the Woonasquatucket River and the remains of the old Stillwater village.

Parking and Trail Access

Park in a gravel lot off Farnum Pike (SR104/5) between Washington Highway (SR 116) and Stump Pond dam. Limited parking is available off the Capron Road trailhead.

Stillwater Scenic Walkway Reviews

once you find it...this trail is great! we took our dogs for their first big walk after some medical issues and it was perfect!! easy to walk..no hills. ..perfect for us and the dogs! !

This is a great path if you are looking to take the elderly or the very young on a nice nature walk but it is simply too short for those looking for some real exercise.

My wife and I were looking for something local that wouldn't be too challenging and this looked like the ticket. There are two options: Red/Yellow. Red is 1/2 mile long and Yellow is 3/4 - Red isn't even worth it it's very easy and takes no more than 10 minutes. The yellow trail isn't challenging but not bad for beginners. Be careful with the weather; stillwater = mosquitos and gnats!!!!

Overall a nice walk in the woods but the detriment is that it is so short. Beginners only!

Accordion

The trail is a dirt and stone flat trail that is very easy to walk and very wide (1 lane road wide). The Farnum Pike entrance begins along the Stillwater River that connects the Stillwater Reservoir to the Stillwater Pond.

You pass by the under arched bridge of the Washington Highway with a spot for fishing. Most of the trail is canopied by trees as you walk along the river. There are a few areas where you can get off the trail and walk down to the water for some nice views of the ponds and river. There is one area cut away for powerline crossover but other than that section, it is all surrounded by trees

There are 2 manmade dams between the Stillwater Pond and the Capron Pond. The Capron Pond dam at the Capron Rd entrance you can walk out on to (or at least there were no signs saying you couldn't)

There are some great views of the ponds that are surrounded by trees with a few homes but not many to spoil the views.

It is a very quiet walk and well maintained and easy for the elderly or children to walk on.

Just down the road on Farnum Pike is a Stillwater Reservoir Dam (also called Stump Pond) and another flat area to walk out on the grass and cement dam (road level not a big high dam) where you can fish and boat run by the RI fish and wildlife dept.

Down a ways near the Smithfield Police Dept on RI 116 is the Smithfield Conservation Commission which has trails that can be walked along the reservoir (though they are hiking trails not flat trails) and even has an area for handicap access for fishing or to sit along the reservoir.

Overall it is a very nice area to visit, there are about 4-5 parking spaces at each enterance but plenty of parking at the Stump Pond Fishing/Boating area down the road. I will go back in the fall to see the foliage.

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