Kent Falls

Kent, Connecticut, USA

About Kent Falls


Hiking Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2013-09-28
Date last visited: 2013-09-28

Waterfall Latitude: 41.77513
Waterfall Longitude: -73.41411

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Kent Falls was perhaps one of the more family-friendly waterfalls we had experienced during our New England trip in 2013.

The reason why I say this is because the falls was fronted by a very large lawn area with many picnic tables sprinkled about its perimeter.

Kent_Falls_031_09282013 - Kent Falls
Kent Falls

The lawn area was perfect for letting the kids run around while the adults could play catch or let their dogs chase down frisbees.

Our daughter certainly enjoyed the space, and the picnic tables allowed us to have a belated lunch in the mean time.

Plus, the smell of barbeque from other picnic-goers certainly added to the family-friendly ambience that was prevalent here.

Perhaps all this infrastructure made this a very popular place as evidenced by the many people who were here during our visit on a Friday afternoon in Autumn.

Of course, the infrastructure came at a price as we had to pay a rather steep $15 vehicle fee ($9 for Connecticut residents) to enter.

Experiencing Kent Falls

Kent_Falls_001_09282013 - View of Kent Falls from the parking lot across the huge lawn area
View of Kent Falls from the parking lot across the huge lawn area

As for the waterfall itself, it was immediately visible across the picnic area from the parking lot (see directions below).

It was only a couple minutes walk from the attractive covered bridge near the parking area to the base of Kent Falls.

While many may consider the falls experience to this point to be sufficient, we noticed that there was a trail that kept climbing up steps as well as sloping trails and boardwalks alongside the Kent Falls Brook.

This trail revealed more cascades and waterfalls along the brook that were not readily seen from the picnic area.

Kent_Falls_038_09282013 - Looking down towards some of the intermediate tiers of Kent Falls while going up the trail alongside it. These tiers weren't visible from the big picnic area
Looking down towards some of the intermediate tiers of Kent Falls while going up the trail alongside it. These tiers weren’t visible from the big picnic area

The adventure ultimately culminated in an attractive two-tiered plunge at the top of the trail.

Taken altogether, it was said that the falls had about a 250ft cumulative drop.

Julie and our daughter didn’t join me on the climb up to the top, but I saw plenty of older kids with their families do this hike.

At the very top of the falls, I noticed there were a few daring individuals chilling out at the very brink of the Kent Falls, but I doubt I would’ve let our daughter roam free around such dropoffs.

Kent_Falls_042_09282013 - Looking directly at another pair of intermediate tiers of the Kent Falls from the trail climbing alongside it
Looking directly at another pair of intermediate tiers of the Kent Falls from the trail climbing alongside it

In the mean time, there were plenty of other kids playing a little further upstream from the top of the falls.

Also, it appeared that the trail continued on the other side of the stream (which I didn’t do).

That trail ultimately would’ve returned to the picnic area thereby completing a loop hike flanking both sides of the Kent Falls Brook.

All in all, we spent a very relaxing two hours at the falls, but I’d imagine only one hour would be needed to do the entire out-and-back hike from the bottom to the top of Kent Falls.

Kent_Falls_058_09282013 - The uppermost drop of Kent Falls with lots of young folks sitting precariously at its brink
The uppermost drop of Kent Falls with lots of young folks sitting precariously at its brink

The difficulty rating given on this page reflected this longer hike to experience all that this waterfall had to offer.

Otherwise, just going to the base of Kent Falls would’ve made this more of a roadside attraction than a hike.

Snake sighting at Kent Falls

Finally, I do have to mention that as much of a family-friendly park this place was made out to be, we still had to be cognizant of the fact that we were still in Nature.

This was made very apparent to us when we noticed a snake basking on the banks of the Kent Falls Brook near the parking lot.

Kent_Falls_090_09282013 - Snake sighting near the parking lot for Kent Falls
Snake sighting near the parking lot for Kent Falls

We weren’t sure if the snake was poisonous or not, but the moral of the story here would be to respect what Nature can throw at you.

It shouldn’t stop you from having fun, but it’s definitely something to consider.

Authorities

Kent Falls resides in Kent Falls State Park near Kent, Connecticut. It is administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Kent_Falls_002_09282013 - Looking towards Kent Falls from across the extensive lawn area at the parking lot
Kent_Falls_012_09282013 - In New England, covered bridges like this seem to be the norm.  This one was right by the parking lot for Kent Falls
Kent_Falls_026_09282013 - Looking towards the last tier of Kent Falls with hints of Autumn foliage after having traversed the big lawn area
Kent_Falls_028_09282013 - Another look at the bottommost drop of the Kent Falls
Kent_Falls_044_09282013 - Looking down over some of the intermediate tiers of Kent Falls from the trail climbing alongside it
Kent_Falls_045_09282013 - The sloping dirt trail that climbed up alongside Kent Falls Brook
Kent_Falls_052_09282013 - This was the uppermost tier of Kent Falls.  Notice the people chilling out right at the top of the falls
Kent_Falls_060_09282013 - This trail brought me to the banks of the Kent Falls Brook, which was how people accessed the brink of the falls.  I'd imagine it was also where the trail crossed the brook and looped back towards the picnic area
Kent_Falls_061_09282013 - Taking the same trail back down to the bottom after having my fill of Kent Falls' top
Kent_Falls_063_09282013 - Experiencing the intermediate tiers of Kent Falls again on the way back down
Kent_Falls_070_09282013 - Almost back down to the picnic area for Kent Falls
Kent_Falls_071_09282013 - Looking across one of the smaller intermediate drops of Kent Falls near the bottom of the descent back down to the picnic area
Kent_Falls_073_09282013 - Julie and Tahia checking out the bottom of Kent Falls
Kent_Falls_080_09282013 - Contextual look at the developed viewing area right at the base of Kent Falls
Kent_Falls_084_09282013 - After having our fill of the Kent Falls, the family returns to the parking lot
Kent_Falls_086_09282013 - Last look back at the picnic area and Kent Falls in the background as we were returning to the parking lot
Kent_Falls_094_09282013 - Contextual look back at the covered bridge leading from the parking lot to the lawn area and the Kent Falls

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Since we weren’t able to base ourselves in any town in the immediate vicinity of Kent Falls, I’m sure there are many ways to get here besides the routes we’re about to describe here (which were the most obvious approaches to us).

From Route 44/7 junction in North Canaan, drive south on Route 7 for a little over 20 miles.

Kent_Falls_036_09282013 - Context of the lawn area and the parking lot for Kent Falls
Context of the lawn area and the parking lot for Kent Falls

Nearly a half-mile past the Kent Town sign will be the picnic area and car park entrance for the falls on the left.

Heading in the other direction from the junction of Route 341 and Route 7 in Kent Town, drive north on Route 7 for about 5 miles.

The picnic area and parking lot for Kent Falls will be on the right.

Finally, for some context, North Canaan was 34 miles (an hour drive) south of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 42 miles (about 90 minutes drive) northwest of Hartford, 113 miles (2.5 hours drive) north of New York City, and 150 miles (about 3 hours drive) west of Boston, Massachusetts.

360 degree sweep of the falls' base and the surrounding picnic area


Left to right backwards L-shaped sweep showing the uppermost tiers of the falls

Tagged with: kent, litchfield county, connecticut, waterfall, new england, north canaan



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