Overall Rating: 5/5
Swim Rating: 4/5
Hike Time/Distance: Negligible
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Fee: None, but donations are accepted and appreciated
Handicap Accessible // No Dogs Allowed
The height may not be as impressive as what you’ll find in the White Mountains, but the sound and current of the water are much more overwhelming, no matter what time of year you visit! Pollard (or Pollards, depending on who you ask) Mills sit off the beaten path in Newport, just a short ways away from Route 10 and Unity Rd, the main road through the town. It’s quiet, secluded and one of the best places to visit on a hot summer day!
This is an 18 foot waterfall with several different tiers, including some upstream that are slightly hidden. At the highest drop, there is a pretty cool pothole probably about 6-7 feet deep. I imagine, if you’re tall enough, that this would be a great pool to jump into to cool off! There are several places to dip your toes in and an awesome pool down the bottom, as well.
Pollards Mills, as you could probably guess, was once the home of not one, but three different mills: a lumber, a grist, and a peg mill. Where the last tier of the waterfall currently is used to be a dam; both the dam and the mill that sat with it was washed out in the early 1900’s. There are some spikes and rock walls along the side of the falls that show the remnants of the old mill.
This waterfall is technically on private property, but, at this time, the landowner has it open for public access, as long as you’re respectful. As you can tell from the signs in the pictures above, the landowner asks that the area is kept clean, no dogs are brought along, glass is kept off the property and alcohol is not brought on the premises. And, to be honest, except for the pup part, if you can’t enjoy a natural area without doing those things, then you don’t belong there in the first place. (It may be mean, but it’s very true!!!) For safety’s sake, please, please, please, don’t bring your pupper along! Don’t just disobey the signs – the rocks here are very steep, the current of the falls is very strong; it’s just too dangerous to risk your favorite friend’s life.
There is no trespassing after dark, and, not only to respect the landowners wishes and not get yourself arrested, but for safety reasons, it’s highly suggested you heed this rule.
One last sign you’ll see is a sign that says, ‘People drown without a sound’. As mentioned above (and as I keep repeating myself), it’s dangerous here and it’s asked that you swim at your own risk.
If you’re looking to visit here and need handicap access, everything is visible from the parking area! Speaking of parking, there is space for about 5 cars.
To find the falls, take Pollards Mills Rd from Unity Rd or Rt10 in Newport and follow it to Falls Rd. Turn onto Falls Rd, and the parking area will be on your left.
Have fun and (please, on this one especially) be safe!!