Kent Falls State Park was another hike which included a beautiful waterfall. You can pretty much see the falls as you pull into the parking lot, which was pretty empty in November, but can fill up in the warmer months. The bathrooms were closed for the season, but they do offer them otherwise. To get into the park, you have the option of crossing a beautiful red covered bridge, or a pretty path bridge over a small stream. Once on the other side, there is a huge open field where a large family was playing football, and there would have been plenty of room for a few more games. And for the city people like me, just the view of the mountains in the background from the open field is a sight worth seeing.
What makes this one stand out was that it has a steep elevation, but as you climb, there are many photo-ops, because there are actually a series of falls and you cannot see them all from the bottom. You are actually walking besides the falls the entire way up and each time you stop, the falls look completely different. I spent a day driving around Ithica this past summer and this falls seems to have as much versatility as the ones I saw that day. Besides the walk, which does have stairs along the way to make it easier, there are a few trails to the east of the falls you might want to hike as the walk from the car to the top and back is less than a mile. You can find a map here, which you might want to print if you would like a paper copy, as the places that did give out paper maps have not been offering them since covid began.
After our hike, we headed over to Bohemian Pizza and Tacos, a charming, eccentric little gem we found during our travels, located about 25 minutes away from the falls. The crab nachos were incredible and so huge we took more than half home, but if that’s not your thing, they did have a good selection on their menu, including tortizzas, which are “everything you love about pizza but prepared on a 12-inch flour tortilla.” They say personal size, but I could not finish mine. After we enjoyed our food, I ordered an Irish coffee and headed outside to sit by their huge fire pit. The yard has a very creative collection of signs and decorations, such as a small boat, and a picture of said boat loaded up with a bunch of people on the wall. I was amused with the decor the entire time, including the bathroom, which is wallpapered with dozens of record sleeves. Like in much of Connecticut, the people were friendly and we managed to have nice conversations with locals as we enjoyed the fire.
If you make it out to Kent Falls, leave a comment and let me know what you think about it. Same thing if you stop and grab some food. I would love to know what you ordered and how you liked it. Find another great restaurant I should check out? Let me know. I like to try new things each time I go. Happy Hiking!