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Kent Falls State Park

Kent Ct, Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut 06754 USA

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“beautiful streams and waterfalls”

Kent Falls, located in the northeastern section of the town of Kent, is a series of waterfalls on a mountain stream known as Falls Brook. The stream begins in the town of Warren, draining an area of six or seven square miles. It then flows west to the big fall where it plunges approximately 70 feet in a dramatic cascade. From here the stream descends in a series of lesser falls and cascades to the valley, where it enters the Housatonic River some 200 feet below the brink of the big fall only a quarter mile away. Much of the limestone over which the brook flows has been carved into interesting shapes including numerous potholes of all sizes. The Indian name of this area is "Scatacook" and there is considerable evidence that Native Americans fished and camped by the falls. Later, in colonial times, mills were also present along the brook.Acquisition of the park began in 1919 with the gift of 200 acres by the White Memorial Foundation. Other parcels were donated or purchased until the present 295 acres were acquired. The area was developed in the 1930's by the Civil Works Administration. In the mid nineteen-seventies, considerable trail reconstruction was done by the Youth Conservation Corps of Connecticut. The covered bridge is an authentic reproduction built in 1974 by a park employee, Edmund Palmer.The flow in the cascade at Kent is normally heaviest in the spring when the winter snow is melting. However, the falls can be dramatic at any time of the year, particularly after substantial rainstorms. Fall foliage season is also an excellent time to enjoy the area. Because of its exceptional scenic qualities, Kent Falls has been featured in a number of magazine and television advertisements.

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May 25, 2014

A beautiful little park set alongside a babbling brook and at the foot of a stunning waterfall. Be prepared for an extremely steep but short hike to the top of the falls where the view will more than make up for your pounding heart and labored breathing. Swimming is no longer allowed here but they turn a blind eye if you wander out a bit into the rushing water. Families, barbecues and dog owners make for a lively atmosphere at the park's entrance but if you're looking for solitude the short hiking trail alongside and above the falls is blissfully calm and quiet. Worth a stop if you want to commune with nature without straying too far.

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July 05, 2022
Rated 1.0


A great park managed by clueless bureaucrats who don’t have a clue.

The misery starts 2-minutes after you park and are told that interstate vehicles must login to Unfortunately there is no wifi so the potential visitors were walking all over the parking lot looking for a cell signal.

We couldn’t find one, so we drove a couple of miles down the road until we found a signal. That’s when the real fun begins.

Navigating this website is a nightmare. There is no guest login. You must sign up. The site is full of spam and offers. If you accidentally check any of the blue boxes—you’re a member and they’ll Candace your card every month.

The Connecticut parks department executives must have been on some pretty heavy drugs, in the middle of a seizure or totally brain dead when they picked reserve America as a vendor.

This vendor turns what should be a relaxing day at the park into a challenge. Luckily, the solution is easy. Install wifi and hire a 12-Year-old to redesign the website—or put a few old-fashioned envelopes on top of a lockbox and get visitors to fill them in when they arrive. Life should not be this difficult.

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March 16, 2022
Rated 5.0

Flowing into the Housatonic River, the falls are a sight to behold as they rush over rocks, surrounded by foliage.

After you complete the park’s main hiking trail, a covered bridge provides the perfect vantage point and photo-op

We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Connecticut!

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October 01, 2021
Rated 5.0

This trail has spectacular views of many levels of waterfall climbing up into the mountain. The surrounding forest is majestic and quiet. It is absolutely worth a detour.

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Kent Falls State Park

Kent Ct
Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
06754 USA
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  • Sun: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Tue: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Wed: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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