How to get there
Kent village, the most centrally located spot for waterfall explorations, is about 180 miles from Boston, almost a 3 1/2-hour drive. Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) west to exit 2. Turn left onto Route 102, following signs to Stockbridge and Route 7. Turn left onto Route 7 and continue south to Kent village. Kent Falls has a weekend and holiday parking fee of $7 for Connecticut residents, $10 for nonresidents. All other parking areas are free.
To reach Campbell Falls, follow Route 272 four miles north from the intersection of Route 44 in Norfolk. Turn left on Tobey Hill Road; the parking lot is one-tenth of a mile on the right.
To reach Dean Ravine, follow Route 7 three-tenths of a mile north of the intersection with Route 112, turning right at the traffic light onto the road marked ''Lime Rock Sta." Continue almost a mile to a left onto Music Mountain Road. Continue almost a mile to a Y intersection and look for an unmarked parking lot on the left branch of the Y. All other falls are well marked from their respective routes.
Where to eat and stay
Fife 'n Drum
53 North Main St./Route 7, Kent
Pubby by day with sandwiches and grill choices, Fife 'n Drum turns elegant by night with sophisticated New American fare. Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday-Monday, brunch Sunday. Entrees $14-$30.
The adjacent inn and Victorian House have 11 smartly furnished rooms in styles ranging from contemporary country chic to glossy-magazine Victorian. Doubles $125 midweek, $140 weekends and holidays.
Where to get picnic fare
Kent Market & Deli
12 North Main St. (Route 7), Kent
Daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Good deli sandwiches, wrapped and signed with a smiley face. Sandwiches $5-$7.50.
Baird's General Store
25 Kent Road, Cornwall Bridge
Monday-Thursday 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 6-8, Sunday 6-6. Some homemade baked goods, good deli sandwiches, and excellent directions for back-roads driving. Sandwiches $2.85-$5.50.
Stroble's14 North Main St. (Route 7), Kent
Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Shop the pastry case for your picnic dessert. Pastries $2-$5.
The Pub and Restaurant
On the Hill, Norfolk
Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Sit-down casual restaurant also packs sandwiches to go. Sandwiches $6.50-$8.50.