Kent Falls State Park

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Coordinates: 41°46′30″N 73°24′36″W / 41.77500°N 73.41000°W / 41.77500; -73.41000
Kent Falls State Park (Scatacook)
Connecticut State Park
Kent Falls.jpg
A lower section of Kent Falls from above the first waterfall
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Litchfield
Town Kent
Elevation 794 ft (242 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°46′30″N 73°24′36″W / 41.77500°N 73.41000°W / 41.77500; -73.41000
Area 307 acres (124 ha) [2]
Established 1919
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: Kent Falls State Park
KentFalls.JPG
Lower Kent Falls
Location Kent, CT, US
Type Multi-step
Total height 250 feet
Number of drops 6 or more
Longest drop 70 feet

Kent Falls State Park is a state park located in the town of Kent, Connecticut, located in the Litchfield Hills, in the southern Berkshires. It is home to Kent Falls, a series of waterfalls on Falls Brook, a tributary of the Housatonic River . The falls drop 250 feet (76 m) in under a quarter mile. The largest cascade drops more than 70 feet (21 m) 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[3] that allows visitors to cross the brook and access the falls.

History[edit]

The Indian name of the falls is Scatacook, and there is evidence that the area was used by Native Americans for fishing and camping.[3] 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.[3] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kent Falls State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee (January 23, 2014). "State Parks and Forests: Funding". Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. p. A-2. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kent Falls State Park". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 

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