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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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  • Winter is a great time to visit it was +8c so they were no longer frozen but still spectacular nonetheless. So stop when traveling on US7  more »
  • Kent Falls state park is a wonderful area to stretch your legs and take in the scenery. Park and walk across the covered bridge along the water straight to the magnificent waterfall. It is a short wal...  more »
  • I went to Kent Falls on a sunny Sept. day, and I do not regret it. I walked around on the paths, ate apples of the big apple tree in the park (it’s in between the restroom building and picnic site), a...  more »
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  • Just like a regular park, what makes this park unique from other parks out there? It's waterfall and mountains makes it unique than others. If you walk up to the mountain then you will have a great view . Other than that it has nothing. One more thing. If you go there then summer will be the best option. I went in winter thats why couldn't get the feel of waterfall. If you in summer then you will enjoy more than those people who go in winter.
  • Well worth seeing not to big. Lots of picnic tables with w/c extension. Was able to take pics at bottom of falls. Trail goes to top of falls if you are up to it. Beautiful fall colors Service gives 2 paws up. The drive up to park is almost even more beautiful. I would go for just the drive.
  • It's great if you have small kids, or don't want anything to long/strenuous. The trails are clear, short, but a good time nonetheless. We loved it because it was the first time hiking with our dog, not knowing how she would handle the woods - she did great. So if you want to experiment w/ your dog off leash hiking - this is a solid choice.
  • Great place to go for a nice walk. Did not try any of the more rugged, woodsy, trails. I did go up the giant stairs up the waterfall and the little bit of trail behind the waterfall though, and it was a very nice scenic walk.
  • I visited the falls during last weekend. The experience was really good. I witnessed 5 to 7 small water falls as I progressed my hike from the steps which are just adjoining to the main fall. The hiking steps are not many and can be easily hiked. I haven't hiked on off the track trails but I reserved them for next time visit. The noise of the water falls through out hike was very soothing and that makes the hike a special one. Fee: No entrance fee or parking fee was charged since it was 4:30 PM by the time I reached the falls. Otherwise it might be a $15 per person if you visit before 4 PM. Parking: Plenty of parking space is available but you will be let in only if the parking slots are available. It was not a problem in my case. Food: There is no food stalls except an ice cream mobile van outside the park entrance. We had a nice pizza from a 'Kent Pizza Garden' which is about 4 miles from the park. There are quite a number of picnic tables available and I would advice to bring a fly repellent, Frisbee or some other toys to play with if you want to spend some time with family.

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