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Once known as Scatacook by the local Native Americans, which roughly means “falls many times,” Kent Falls State Park in CT was settled in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The gushing creek was used to power the local grain mills and sawmills. Over the subsequent decades, the need for water-powered mills declined, and many structures were abandoned and fell into disrepair. Upstream, the foundations of a couple of these mills are still visible. The state of Connecticut began purchasing small parcels of land in 1919 and officially established Kent Falls State Park in the early 1930s.
The closest town is Kent, which has a handful of restaurants and shops. The town is also close to the northern terminus of the famous Appalachian Trail. Kent is a little over five miles south. For more variety in shopping options, as well as a medical center with an emergency room, Torrington is around 20 miles to the east. Search for an RV in Litchfield County and get ready to make new memories with family and friends.
Photographers, make sure the batteries are charged and SD cards are in the camera. Kent Falls is a dramatic photography subject year-round. Dropping a total of 250 feet, the largest cascade descends over 70 feet into a reflecting pool. Tall maple, oak, and other hardwood trees line the edge of the falls. In springtime, the leaves are a fresh happy green that transforms into a serene, dark shade. Autumn, the scene transforms into a classic New England landscape. The foliage turns into a blaze of red, orange, and yellow. In some dry years, the falls slow to a serene trickle, fanning out in delicate sprays. And some years, the area receives abundant rainfall, turning the falls into a gushing faucet. It’s hard to take a bad photograph.
With a little luck and patience, a fly fisherman or two might cast their lures into the water, further adding to the idyllic scene. Fly fishing on the creek is enjoyed by many, and anglers can expect to catch trout, which is extremely robust. Walleye, pike, and bluegills are also common.
The falls are accessed via a short hiking trail that’s about a quarter of a mile. It’s moderately steep toward the top, but otherwise is a relatively easy trek that most children can handle. Kent Falls State Park has only one trail, and hikers and other outdoor adventurers may want to hit one of the nearby parks for a true hiking adventure, such as Housatonic Meadow State Park or Macedonia Brook State Park.
Rockhounds, keep an eye out. The dark granite boulders the creek bounces over are known to hide small clusters of marble and garnets.
A small park with just under 300 acres, there is no RV camping at Kent Falls State Park. However, there are several options nearby. Macedonia Brook State Park has a seasonal RV campground that’s open between April and September. Though it’s largely primitive, there are restrooms with pit toilets and faucets for drinking water.
Another option is to, camp at Housatonic Meadow State Park near Sharon. This campground has a little over 60 sites with bathrooms, hot showers, and a dump station. It, however, prohibits pets.
Lake Waramaug State Park RV campground on the outer fringes of New Preston has 76 sites in a variety of locations. Campers can choose between wooded, lakefront, or open space sites. The bathrooms with showers are a short walk from most sites.
Even in the rural part of Connecticut, it teems with history and charm. Renting an Airstream makes it easy to explore all the mountain towns and its attractions. Mt. Tom Tower is a local curiosity. Constructed during the Revolutionary War, it teeters atop Mount Tom. It was initially used as a lookout station, later as a fire watchtower, and today, climbing to the top is considered an accomplishment.
Bethlehem, CT, has hosted the Garlic and Harvest Festival annually since 2005. It’s a fun way to find local vendors, artists, and crafters. The Garlic Food Court is something to behold - and smell. The enticing aroma of garlic wafts through the area, intermingling with the other savory smells. All food vendors are required to incorporate garlic into their dishes, ice cream included.
Join the thousands of travelers on the scenic byways and search for historic covered bridges, a few of which are still standing. The closest two are found in South Kent and Cornwall, CT. Or search for your favorite winery. In spite of the long, hard winters that Connecticut receives, grapevines thrive in this part of the state. Hopkins Winery in Litchfield, CT, is an award-winning wine producer. The 225-years-old farm was turned into a successful winery that specializes in dry reds and whites (though they do have a few sweet options). Visitors can learn about the process of making wine at their tour of the vineyards.
When you are seeking nature, beautiful New England scenery, and history, you will find it all when you rent a camper in western Connecticut.