Kent is a town in Putnam County, New York. The name is that of an early settler family. The town is in the north-central part of the Putnam County. Many of the lakes are reservoirs for New York City. Kent sits high on the spectacular Hudson Highlands 60 miles (97 km) north of New York City in the north central portion of Putnam County. Within the borders are two state parks: Wonder Lake in the east and Fahnestock in the west, as well as a portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and thousands of acres of spectacular open spaces under the permanent protection of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Kent is home to a number of lakes which were once the domain of summer visitors but now have become year-round communities. Sagamore Lake, Kentwood Lake, Lake Tibet, China Lake, Palmer Lake and White Pond.