Kent Falls State Park

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Kent Falls State Park
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kzsull01
Windsor, CT359 contributions
May 2021
My husband and I visited Kent Falls State Park in Kent, Connecticut on Friday, May 7th, 2021. It was a very nice day to see the impressive waterfalls that cascade 250 feet into the Housatonic River in the middle of a 300-acre State Park. Actually they include a series of waterfalls on Falls Brook that go through the Kent Falls Gorge. You could even see the waterfall from the parking lot of the park. The cascade of falls was flowing very nicely, at the time of our visit, being a nice spring day, and having had some rain earlier in the week, making our visit an enjoyable one.

There is a nice paved path/trail with stairs that is on the side/adjacent to the falls, which you could walk-up to view the falls. I believe it is about a quarter of a mile up to the top. There are observation platforms along this path where you could stop and rest and get a very good view of the falls and surrounding rocks, that are interesting from a geological perspective, and nice places to take photographs of the falls. Some of the steps were steep with more of an impact going down than going up. However, the steps do not go all the way to the top. They end at a point where you have to climb some rocks, if you want to continue up to the top. There is a small footbridge, which is a replica of a covered bridge, and another footbridge, both going over the brook, on the way to and from the falls. A trail map is available online that shows all the trails in the park.

The park is dog friendly and fishing is allowed, but I am not certain if it is allowed in all areas. I do not believe swimming is permitted, since the State Park’s website states that entry into the water is prohibited.

Several picnic tables are available with charcoal grills. However, you would need to bring your own charcoal and cooking utensils if you would like to do some grilling. Also, it is recommended to bring a table cloth if you would like to do some picnicking. Portable bathrooms were available at the time of our visit but I believe restrooms are available when the park is open for the season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

More on the Geological Features:

The geologic features of the falls include beautiful potholes and plunge basins. The rock formations include marble, schist and gneiss. The gneiss is made up of different minerals, including dark-red garnet, the Connecticut State Mineral. More details about the geology of the falls are in the Geology Section on the State Park’s website.

Some Park History:

The park was developed by the Civilian Works Administration in the 1930s, and a terraced observation area paved with native flagstone was created by the Youth Conservations Corps of Connecticut at the base on the falls in the 1970s. The Youth Corps. also created the observation platforms that appear along the path on the side of the falls.

We enjoyed our visit to the falls and recommend a visit in the spring, in particular after it rains.
Written May 12, 2021
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ImmerWandern
Palos Heights, IL7,232 contributions
Jun 2021
The waterfalls are the highlight of a visit to this park. The base of the waterfall was visible from the parking lot where row of tall trees provided welcome shade. Falls Brook flowed between the parking lot and a large open meadow. A small, red covered bridge crossed the brook and led to a wide, asphalt path to the bottom of the waterfall. This part was an easy stroll, a gentle rise, definitely wheelchair-accessible.

These 70-foot tall waterfalls empty into a small pool; this is perhaps the most picturesque part of a series of smaller waterfalls, the entire falls being 250 feet tall. There are likely to be individuals, couples, families and large groups taking pictures of themselves at the base of the falls.

If you can, be sure to climb the trail to the right of the falls and check out the rest of the falls from the series of smaller overlooks. It is fairly steep; the weather was hot and dry in June so the rock steps weren't slippery, but I can imagine this being a more challenging hike in the rain. We chose not to hike back down along the falls (prefer to avoid those climbing up) and took the trail to our right through the woods back down to the base of the falls.

There were several picnic tables available on the large meadow at the bottom of the hillside. It looked like a fun place to toss frisbees.
Written July 16, 2021
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gk347N
Oxford, CT346 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We were at the Falls during February when they were frozen. It was beautiful. We returned last weekend to see them in spring. They were very impressive. There is a walking path that goes to the top of the falls forxa really nice view. The surrounding park has picnic tables, bathrooms and lots of open space for recreation. Parking is good but on a really busy day it will fill up quick. There is no admission fee to vehicles with Connecticut plates. Well worth a trip especially when there is plenty of water coming over the falls.
Written April 25, 2021
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Mobile768424
2 contributions
Oct 2020
Not a large enough park to warrant the ride from out of state (NY) and you will get charged $15 for not being local. I believe they use the money to pay the park attendants, mostly seniors and teens who are everywhere enforcing the rules. If you don't get there early, at least 11:00 AM, they close the parking lot and you've made the trip for nothing.
Written October 10, 2020
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Tyler N
Red Bank, NJ25 contributions
Sep 2020
Biggest tip I can give - if you are going to view the waterfall and take photos - check about drought years. I planned a big trip around this location and although I see the possibilities it offered, I was highly disappointed that the water was basically trickling down the falls.

I did walk ALL the way to the top (and yes, it's not for faint of heart, very STEEP, although only about a quarter mile up.

The parking attendant leaves at 4pm (at least she did this day) and she explained, because we had no cash to pay the 15 dollar fee, to come back and pay it online before midnight. Which we did and so with the $2 service fee we paid $17 to see a TRICKLE of water.

**But like I said, it has potential indeed. A cute little covered bridge, lots of space to run around and explore the trails and water falls and take photos if the water was actually there.
Written September 27, 2020
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Robert K
Hyde Park, NY7 contributions
Oct 2020
Nice waterfall and a good spot for a picnic. However, if you are from out of state, you need to register to pay a $12 parking fee. That is not as simple as it says. You have to go through a service and wait on the phone or text them to make the payment. While staff senses the problem, they inndicate fthat the state does not want to provide the necessary harware to collect the fees on site. This takes away from the visit for non-Connecticut citizens. It is, at best, just an average setting anyway, so out of staters should perhaps pass on this one. There are many other better sites in NYS and around Connecticut.
Written October 16, 2020
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kerrih442018
Selkirk, NY378 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
This was a bit lack luster for me. Especially with the number of people who totally disregarded the sign that says ‘no public access’ and we’re climbing all over the falls. There were no staff manning the gate, so the one upside is no fee to get in.
Written August 16, 2021
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CATTSAR
Provincetown, MA21,394 contributions
Oct 2020
We normally head for Vermont and New Hampshire this time of year, but it did not work out. As an alternative we headed instead to Northwest Connecticut. This late in October it was no less spectacular then its northern counterparts. Kent Falls State Park seems to encompass all New England has to offer in the fall. The ride there on back country roads was stunning with fall colors just slightly past peak. While the park is not that large, there is no shortage of activities. The center of attention are the five falls and the trail up to the top. The trail is steep and a bit strenuous and is not for anyone with mobility or breathing issues. As you ascend there are several observation platforms allowing for better views of the falls. In addition there is a large green with benches and picnic tables,as well as a covered bridge over Kent Falls Brook, perfect for photo ops. There are bathrooms, and plenty of parking to the amount of $12 for those visiting from out of state. It is enforced! A great way to spend an afternoon.
Written October 22, 2020
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Sammwolf
Danbury, CT144 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We happened upon the falls when passing by on our way to Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall. We stopped on our way back and hiked up to the top of the trail. It’s gorgeous, but some of the wire railings were in disrepair and despite the warning signs everywhere, lots of people went to the top of the falls, where there was no railing.
Written February 24, 2020
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barrosak
Highland Park, NJ171 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Park itself is meticulous , & is a delight to all of the senses . A great way to get back to nature & feel at one with it . Climbed up on stone steps , some quite steep , with railing occasionally. At top took a dirt walking path down the other side . In some ways easier but sometimes a bit challenging / uneven . 7000 steps later we returned to the parking lot exhausted , but happy .
Written July 4, 2021
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