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Kent Falls State Park, Kent

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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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  • As a result of recent hard rains and snow melt, waters are rushing over Kent Falls. This gem of a small park is well maintained and conveniently located right off Route 7. A path climbs along the side...  more »
  • we have been during snowing amazing visit and sights. really gorgeous. we couldn't do all the trail because of the heavy snow yet wonderful place to visit.  more »
  • We went during winter when it was closed but we were able to pull in and take a few photos. Really gorgeous!  more »
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  • Such a beautiful place to visit in the fall. Good for family picnics. There is a hike to the top of the falls not very scenic though. But there is a huge ground where children can play. Also there is a small closed bridge as well.
  • I've passed Kent falls a few times going up to Lime Rock Park and never stopped. Made a point to go and it was nice but not really what I expected. We went REALLY slowly and ate a packed lunch there and it took us about 1:30 to explore the whole area. There was just rain each of the two days earlier to us going and the falls were almost completely dry. I'll put up pictures. If you gave difficulty walking, you definitely are not getting to the top. There's stairs for a short section and then the rest is just steep trails. However, you can get to the base of the falls and the park area with a wheelchair just fine. Parking was $9 Overall it was nice, just expected larger and more impressive. There are a few other parks in CT with falls that I'd consider nicer. This one would be great to get younger kids into the idea of hiking.
  • Like the place very beautiful. I had a picnic in a place where I don't supposed to park. They have this gorgeous abandoned home and I think I seat in the bathroom because smelled like piss all over. Lol But, I like it anyway. ha ha ha
  • The falls are lovely year round. The path to the falls, with a babbling brook alongside, is handicap accessible. The broad meadow is ideal for a family picnic. From the foot of the falls, stairs lead to successive platforms with lovely views. There is also an easy trail around the falls, an hour's walk. Note: Parking is limited. In the summer, the lot will become full on weekends. Come early on holidays! I visit during the week in late afternoon. The sun sets on the opposite side of the valley, and the sky is a gorgeous backdrop to the whole site.
  • Gorgeous! (No gorge, just falls).