Kent Falls State Park is a perfect picnic spot if you are looking for something pretty, manicured and easily accessible.
Set right on the side of a quiet stretch of Route 7, it has a nice little reproduction of a covered bridge, a tidy lawn, picnic tables and barbecue grills. The scenic falls cascade down 70 feet of rocks, providing a scenic backdrop and a soothing soundtrack.
This is a great place to bring small children or folks with limited mobility for a manageable outing. You don't have to walk far from the parking area to the picnic tables, and there's an idyllic restfulness to the place. Kids can run around on the big lawn until they drop from exhaustion.
Swimming is not permitted, but nobody seems to mind a little splashing around in the bracingly cold water on a hot summer day.
There is a short, steep trail along the side of the falls, with strikingly pretty views, especially in foliage season. The hike is a great energy-burner for kids, and it will be over before they get a chance to start whining that they're tired.
It's a long drive from central Connecticut just for a picnic and a short hike, but a worthy stop if you're in the area.
Activities: Picnicking, hiking, fishing
Parking: $7 for Connecticut residents, $10 for non-residents on weekends; free on weekdays
Best: Great picnic spot
Worst: Kind of dinky.
Official Website: dep.state.ct.us/stateparks/parks/kentfalls.htmCopyright © 2015, CT Now