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6. The Descent

Retrace your steps, following the white blazes to the hiker parking area where this walk began. Parts of this trail can be tricky in inclement weather because of steep descending traverses.

Special Note: The Appalachian Trail follows the Housatonic River from Kent to Cornwall Bridge for 7.8 miles making it the longest river walk on the AT. Miles of fields, forests and meadows that look much the same as they did a century ago are highlights of this walk. Directions: At the jct. of Rte. 341 and Rte. 7 in Kent take Rte. 341 west; a right on Skiff Mountain Rd., follow for 1 mi., bear right at the fork to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, follow for 2.5 mi. to the parking area. The trail is marked with white blazes. The area closes at sunset.