Are you looking for a great vacation getaway, or just a spot to spend a day with your family enjoying the natural and historical wonders of Connecticut? Then look no further. Kent is really at the heart of the Northwestern Connecticut - Litchfield County region. Kent is your gateway to adventure; the diversity and splendor of Connecticut's state parks and forests offers everything you are looking for and more. Regardless of your interests, Connecticut's parks and forests offer something for everyone. See what Steve Smith of ReminderNews had to say about Kent.
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- Appalachian Trail - In addition to Pond Mountain, Kent Falls and Macedonia State Parks, there's the legendary Appalachian trail. The Appalachian Trail-local hiking paths start at Bulls Bridge in Kent, Connecticut. From Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail wanders the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian mountain ranges for more than 2,174 miles. The Trail traverses Northwest Connecticut for 53 miles between New York State and Massachusetts. The region contains abundant fresh air, beautiful views and remarkable solitude. It is a wonderful place for a short day hike or an extended overnight adventure.
- Housatonic Heritage Walks ~ Celebrating our heritage through hiking & walking, biking, & canoeing. Come join us on short walks as well as longer hikes, walking tours of towns and historical buildings, nature and birding walks, tours of industrial site ruins, and, a canoe/kayak trip on the river. Historians, naturalists, and environmentalists will help participants explore: The Housatonic River; The history of the villages and towns in the region as expressed in archaeological and industrial sites, architecture, bridges, and monuments; Both prominent and unsung geological, ornithological and horticultural resources, and Splendid autumn foliage vistas . Heritage Walk Partners: The Heritage Walks are a partnership of the numerous heritage organizations in the Upper Housatonic River Valley, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, and the National Park Service.
- Kent State Falls - Hike the falls, and feel the mist on your face as water cascades 250' down on its way to joining the Housatonic River. Kent Falls, located in the northeastern section of the town of Kent, is a series of waterfalls on a mountain stream known as Falls Brook. The stream begins in the town of Warren, draining an area of six or 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 flow in the cascade at Kent Falls 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. The steep woodland trail that winds up the mountain following the falls offers many painting, sketching & photo opportunities. The meadow below the falls is a favorite spot for a picnic.
- Macedonia Brook Park - Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking. Hike the Blue Trail across Cobble Mountain and other peaks for outstanding views of the Catskill and Taconic mountains, which offer splendid foliage viewing. Macedonia Brook State Park offers 51 sites in a rustic setting.
The 2,300-acre Macedonia Brook State Park, originated with a 1,552-acre gift from the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield in 1918. The park's exciting terrain has resulted from the slow wearing down of its hard rock formation base. The Blue Trail crosses Cobble Mountain and several other peaks, offering outstanding views of the Catskills and Taconics. Numerous springs and streams add to the pleasure of hiking. The camping season begins in mid-April and ends September 30. Charge: None for picnic area. Campsite Fee.
- Housatonic Meadows State Park - Activities: Camping, Canoeing, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking. No charge for picnic area or campsite. Cornwall Bridge/Sharon, CT - 2 miles north of Cornwall Bridge on Route 7
- Lake Waramaug State Park - Activities: Camping, Fishing, Picnicking, Swimming. Lake Waramaug, named after Chief Waramaug, the most powerful warrior of his day. The Lake area was one of the Chief's favorite hunting and fishing areas. The unspoiled beauty of Lake Waramaug, Connecticut's second largest natural lake is reminiscent of Switzerland's Lake Lucerne and Italy's Lake Como. In the 1840's Lake Waramaug became a summer resort when the Housatonic Railroad opened a station in nearby New Milford. Today, this legacy is alive and well as evidenced by an eight-mile drive around Lake Waramaug. The lake has something for everyone - Lake Waramaug State Park with a beach, paddleboats, picnicking, and camping, three elegant country inns, several fine restaurants and Hopkins Vineyard, a French hybrid vineyard located in a restored 19th century barn. Hopkins Vineyard welcomes visitors to sample their award-winning wines and relax in the hayloft wine bar with its bird's eye view of the lake. Charge: Weekends and holidays, in season. Campsite fee. 5 miles north of New Preston on Lake Waramaug Road (Route 478), 30 Lake Waramaug Road - New Preston, Connecticut.
- Mohawk State Forest - Activities: Scenic vistas to the north and west include the Catskill, Taconic, and Berkshire ranges. Hikers can pick up the blue-blazed Mattatuck or Mohawk Trails, which cross the site. From Torrington, drive west on Route 4 for 14 miles to the park entrance, Toumey Road, on the left. At the 'T' intersection, turn right onto Mohawk Mountain Road. The Lookout Tower is at the end.
- Mt. Tom State Park - Activities: Boating (non-motor), Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Swimming, Scuba Diving. Charge: Daily, in season. Litchfield, CT 3 1/2 miles west of Bantam off Route 202.
- Lake Lillinonah State Park - Activities: Lake Lillinonah is a popular spot for boating, water skiing, and canoeing. Use Lake Lillinonah Park's boat launch or the state launch at Pond Brook on Hanover Road, Newtown, CT. Please note: there is a season fee to launch a boat. Boaters must observe the lake's 45-mph speed limit.Open 8 am to 8 pm. Entrance at the end of Hanover Road. Offers access to lake via boat launch (ramp pass required), picnic tables and grills.