The Kent Falls State Park is most famous for the waterfalls that tumble about 250 feet down a dramatic cascade. In this dog-friendly park, you can hike along the falls, over covered bridges, and feel the mist on your face as you enjoy the lush scenery. The Indian name for the area is “Scatacook”, and there is evidence that Native Americans used this area for fishing and camping. Many now enjoy this area for the hiking, picnicking and trout fishing opportunities.
The series of waterfalls comes from a mountain stream called Falls Brook, and features a big fall that drops about 70 feet into a reflecting pool. From here it tumbles down lesser falls into a valley, and finally joins the Housatonic River. Much of the limestone around the stream has been carved into interesting shapes and potholes from the water. The cascades are usually the heaviest during the spring when the snow is melting, but are dramatic any time of year, especially after a substantial rainfall. You and your canine companion can kick back at the terraced observation area and enjoy the view!
There are a couple short trails around the falls for you and your pal to make use of, including the Kent Falls Trail. This ¼ mile trail is not difficult but steep, and it follows the brook offering several pretty vantage points. Along with observation platforms, in this park you’ll find picnic tables and grills, so why not pack a lunch and spend the day? Don’t forget the dog biscuits! Kent Falls is a designated Trout Park, and the fishing opportunities are plentiful.
It may be a good idea to arrive early or carpool, because once to parking lot is full, the park is closed until there are ten more available spots. On the weekends during the summer months, non-residents will need to pay a $15 parking fee. The park can get pretty busy, so your pooch will need to stay leashed, picked up after, and on good behavior at all times. No one is allowed in the water here.
The beautiful falls and lush greenery found at the Kent Falls State Park is a treat you and your doggo won’t soon forget!