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Kent Falls State Park, Kent

Categories: Waterfalls, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • My husband and I took the long 2 hour drive from our home on the CT shore to visit Kent Falls State Park. Because it was a weekday, after Labor Day, there was no cost to enter the park. There are maps...  read more »
  • When we were planning our visit, we were told that the falls weren't very exciting right now because of the drought this year. We're from Illinos where we don't have many falls, so even thought it was...  read more »
  • I must have hit the jackpot the first time I visited 6/17/13. The weather was beautiful, and the water falling was so abundant, you could see it well from the main road. The next time I went with my h...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Beautiful park. Gorgeous waterfall. Make sure you hike the trails. Ample parking and easy to get to.
  • Still a nice destination as is Bulls Bridge however our last visit (2015) was disappointing as the swimming areas are now closed off. Still a nice hike to the top as well as great picture opts.
  • Love this place! Awesome place for a Bbq, picnic or a nice hike on the trails. Had a blast with the whole family, our dogs loved it too. Parking is a steep $15 but its worth it.
  • A great park with plenty of grass to play or picnic. The waterfalls are amazing here but be warned, they will kick you out of the water if you go in, and I mean even if you're only in ankle deep water. Otherwise a great park.
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