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Kent Falls State Park, Kent

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Waterfall State Park
Kent Falls State Park is a state park located in the town of Kent, Connecticut within a region of the southern Berkshires known as the Litchfield Hills. It is home to Kent Falls, a series of waterfalls on Falls Brook, a tributary of the Housatonic River. The falls drop in under a quarter mile. The largest cascade drops more than into a reflecting pool, before traveling over the lesser falls. In addition to its scenery, the park offers opportunities for hiking, fishing, and picnicking. The park has a replica of a covered bridge that allows visitors to cross the brook and access the falls.HistoryThe Indian name of the falls is Scatacook, and there is evidence that the area was used by Native Americans for fishing and camping. The falls also had mills along the brook during colonial times. Kent Falls was established as a state park after the land was given as a gift from the White Memorial Foundation to the State of Connecticut.In the 1970s, trail reconstruction was done by the Youth Conservation Corps of America. In 2006, observation platforms were constructed along a trail next to the falls, while at the base of the falls, a terraced observation area paved with native flag stones was created to allow access to a calm water wading pool.
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  • I've been visiting Kent Falls since childhood and have to say that it never gets old...The falls are stunningly beautiful and can be accessed by a well prepared path to the top. Be advised that you ma...  more »
  • Spent an hour and a half here photographing the waterfalls. A paved path leads to the bottom of the falls visible from the parking are. A beautiful set of cascading falls and pools with many views aro...  more »
  • Take the stars up, with a bit of path way as well. Go to the top ( make sure to look over the top of the falls ) , cross over and easy hike down with old rock walls ). Great picnic spots  more »
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  • Love this place. Beautiful waterfall, awesome trail, many picnic tables and grilling spots. Public restroom and ample parking. The ride to the fall is also very scenic. Overall a great place to spend a day.
  • Loved it... the whole family did... even the littlest member ... great place for an easy hike... very clean and clearly marked trails... highly recommend even on a hot day because it's all shaded
  • Beautiful falls and a nice area for a picnic. The picnic tables are old and falling apart so you're better off with a blanket or a couple of chairs. The hike around the falls is beautiful.
  • This place is great for extremely short hikes which benefits parents that want to bring their kids. There are picnic tables available for snacks and lunch breaks. The waterfall is very pleasant!
  • What an awesome and amazing State Park 1/4 Mile of lovely waterfalls that you may hike up to get great exercise. Several picnic tables and grills that you can use to have a wonderful picnic.

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