The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that Kent Falls State Park will re-open to the public on Saturday, September 12, at 8 a.m.
The park was closed in early April of this year due to COVID-19 prevention concerns associated with the natural layout of the park, which includes a narrow trail and stairway that did not lend itself to adequate social distancing. Since then, restrictions on park features have lessened and the main trail that runs along the falls can be safely re-opened, as long as visitors continue to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
Due to the Passport to the Parks legislation, visitors with Connecticut registered vehicles do not have to pay a parking fee. Visitors with out-of-state registered vehicles will be required to pay a $15 parking fee on weekends and $10 on weekdays. If the park is closed for capacity, walk-in visitors will not be permitted.
Visitors are reminded to plan ahead before visiting a state park. Check https://portal.ct.gov/whatsopenoutdoors, or the State Parks Twitter Feed, @CTStateParks, for real-time closure information, and have a back-up plan in mind in case the park is closed upon your arrival.