Bash Bish Falls
Mt. Washington, MA

RATING: 5.0/5.0

Bash Bish Falls
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STATE: Massachusetts
COUNTY: Berkshire County
TOWN: Mt. Washington
PARK: Bash Bish Falls State Park
TYPE: Plunge
HEIGHT: 80-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Bash Bish Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.4 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: 25 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: -300 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: April to November
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 43, I-26 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes (must have proof of rabies vaccination)
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted
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THE FALLS:

Often described as 'the state's most dramatic waterfall,' Bash Bish Falls is a segmented 80-foot drop of Bash Bish Brook. Worthy of our highest rating, the falls are perhaps the most well-known and frequently photographed waterfall in Massachusetts. A mighty boulder splits the falls into two sections. Immediately after, the walls surrounding both sides of the falls ricochet the water back together just before crashing into a pool below. With a little imagination, you could even claim that the falls take on the shape of a diamond. Below the waterfall is a deep pool, with clear and inviting water, but, unfortunately, dangerous currents have forced state park officials to prohibit swimming.
         Bash Bish Falls is one of the most publicized waterfalls in the state. Just about every hiking guide to Massachusetts, whether online or in print form, mentions this waterfall. There is a downside to this immense popularity; we have heard accounts of as many as three thousand people a day visiting the falls during the warmest of summer days. On the upside, Bash Bish Falls sees very few visitors on the cooler days of early spring.
         Those looking for more difficult terrain might consider adding nearby Race Brook Falls to compliment Bash Bish Falls. Only a few miles apart, both falls combined provide an excellent sample of the waterfalls southwestern Massachusetts has to offer.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

Although technically located in New York, there is an additional noteworthy set of falls that can be accessed from the lower parking area of Bash Bish Falls in NY (see directions, below). To access these falls, which are on Cedar Brook, walk across Bashbish Rd and follow a blue-blazed trail as it parallels the brook. The last falls are about 0.5 mile up this trail.




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