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Kent Falls State Park

Kent Falls State Park (Scatacook)
Connecticut State Park
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
Area 307 acres (124 ha) [2]
Established 1919
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: Kent Falls State Park
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 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 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

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

  1. ^ "Kent Falls State Park".  
  2. ^ Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee (January 23, 2014). "State Parks and Forests: Funding" (PDF). 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. 

External links

  • Kent Falls State Park Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
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