Kent Falls, is located in the northeastern section of beautiful Kent. The park is best known for it’s series of waterfalls on a mountain stream known as Falls Brook. The stream begins in the town of Warren, draining an area of about seven square miles. It then flows west to the big fall where it plunges approximately 70 feet in a dramatic cascade. From here the stream descends in a series of lesser falls and cascades to the valley, where it enters the Housatonic River some 200 feet below the brink of the big fall only a quarter mile away.
The park began in 1919 with the gift of 200 acres by the White Memorial Foundation. Other parcels were donated or purchased over the years and now includes 295 acres . The area was developed in the 1930′s by the Civil Works Administration. In the mid nineteen-seventies, considerable trail reconstruction was done by the Youth Conservation Corps of Connecticut. The covered bridge is an authentic reproduction built in 1974 by a park employee, Edmund Palmer.
The flow in the cascade at Kent is normally heaviest in the spring when the winter snow is melting. However, the falls can be dramatic at any time of the year, particularly after substantial rainstorms. Fall foliage season is also an excellent time to enjoy the area. Because of its exceptional scenic qualities, Kent Falls has been featured in a number of magazine and television advertisements.
I really can’t remember how many times we have visited Kent Falls over the years, as it has always been a favorite stop to take family and friends that are visiting Connecticut. I hope you enjoy your visit as much as we always do.