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This past summer, during the college-visit process, I was staying in Connecticut. Luckily, amid the jumble of college tours and application essays, I was able to get out a few times and relax. On one such day, for a short hike, I went to Kent Falls State Park with my family. The park is very green-like much of Connecticut-and the falls for which the park is named are amazing. In the park, there’s one small trail loop that takes you up around the falls and through a portion of the forest and, of course, there’s the park itself, which is a wide, slightly sloping expanse of grass, perfect for a picnic or game of Frisbee.
We wanted to see the falls from the top, so we took the trail loop up along side the waterfall. The trail is pretty steep, but a large portion of the trail to the right of the falls is paved, or has steps, so it’s not too hard to hike up. (It’s about a quarter of a mile to the top, and the falls have a vertical height of around 200 feet.) Spaced regularly up the falls are wooden lookouts (great for taking photos) that jut out to the edge of the falls so you can get a bit closer without any dangerous excursions onto the rocks alongside the falls. While the trail and lookouts are regularly maintained, you should probably keep an eye on your children and make sure they don’t try to get close enough to touch the water.
The park is a great place to relax and the trail is short enough to be doable by people of all ages. On the weekends, there’s a parking fee of $9 for Connecticut cars and $15 for out-of-state cars, however during the week parking is usually free. It’s definitely worth it though for a relaxing hike and great look at the falls!