Kent Falls State Park
|Kent Falls State Park (Scatacook)|
|Connecticut State Park|
A lower section of Kent Falls from above the first waterfall
|Elevation||794 ft (242 m) |
|Area||307 acres (124 ha) |
|Management||Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection|
|Website: Kent Falls State Park|
Lower Kent Falls
|Location||Kent, CT, US|
|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 that allows visitors to cross the brook and access the falls.
The 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.
- "Kent Falls State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.
- 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.
- "Kent Falls State Park". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
- Kent Falls State Park Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection