Bash Bish Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Bash Bish Falls State Park

Bash Bish Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Egremont, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Bash Bish Falls is a great short hiking trail to the highest waterfall in the state of Massachusetts. The falls are located in Southwestern Massachusetts in the Taconic Mountains of Berkshire County, which neighbors Mount Washington State Forest in Massachusetts and Taconic State Park in New York. The park is maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. There are a few access points to the falls and more than one parking lot. You can choose to start from the New York side and cross the state line into Massachusetts or start at either of the two Massachusetts trailheads. Starting at the lower parking area off of Falls Road, this short hike follows a rugged trail along Bash Bish brook through mature forest and over boulders, tree roots, natural stone stairs, and long wooden steps. You are soon rewarded with a view of the beautiful waterfall. The twin falls cascade into a serene pool. Swimming is not allowed in the pool. Use caution as the stones down around the falls are smooth and slick from years of traffic and it is easy to slip.

hiking
icy
snow
6 days ago

A little late on my review but we went 2/8/20 and it was a great quick hike but very icy, can’t wait to go back in the summer if it’s opened hopefully.

closed
25 days ago

Beautiful placed, but it's closed as of 5/2 because of the pandemic, both the NY and MA sides.

hiking
1 month ago

My second time here was this past Saturday and it was a glorious day to visit. The temperature was perfect. It was not overly crowded. But a nice amount of people out exploring. We parked in the lower lot of NY and hiked to the MA lot and back down. The Waterfall is Gorgeous and the Scenic view in the MA lot was great to check out.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike! We started at BashBish and hiked to Alander Mt. steep hike up, but once we were on the ridge it was easy. Beautiful views. We had hiked up to Brace 2 weeks ago in snow so 65 and sunny was a welcome change. The app kept alerting us that we were off the trail, not sure why.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in from the NY side, super easy to find. A few people there but nothing crowded. Waterfall was beautiful!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I parked in the MA lot and walked down to the falls. it's a short walk down and back up. The falls are gorgeous! There's a bit of a climb back up, it's not too bad. I think I'll park in NY or next though.

hiking
1 month ago

Falls are stunning & I appreciate that the trek back up to the MA lot, however brief, got the heart pumpin'.

hiking
1 month ago

The view was amazing. do yourself a favor and and go. Don't think twiceabout it. We will definitely be returning.

walking
1 month ago

easy good for a stroller until the end, so easy

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Best views I’ve seen this year so far. Will definitely be back to hike the actual trails on this area.

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hiking
2 months ago

Hiked from upper lot... well marked- wish people lugged out what they lugged in... it’s not hard. Falls were gorgeous

hiking
2 months ago

Great and quick trail with enough elevation to get a little sweat going!

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

It was an unseasonably warm January day, in the 60’s so that’s probably why it was a little muddy. As long as u wear good hiking boots u will b fine! It was a busy trail, but it was nice out!! We saw lots of ppl w pups, like us! In the summer I assume it’s even busier than it was today! But it was a pretty walk!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail from the NY side. We went on a super rainy day in early May and the waterfall was spectacular. Beautiful woodsy hike, nobody there but us that day so it was really peaceful. Took a drive to the top of the mountain where it started snowing.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Parked on the MA side and it only took about 25 minutes to get down to the falls. Very steep going down, the leaves were just alittle slippery. Not too crowded on a cloudy day. The view at the waterfall was definitely worth it though.

hiking
7 months ago

Short, run trail with a cool payoff. Park on the MA side for a shorter, hillier hike, NY side for a slightly longer, flatter one.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty falls, partly shut down but still great trail walk.

hiking
8 months ago

Recommended for those looking for a very short hike; not strenuous. The falls are pretty.

hiking
8 months ago

Very comfort trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. I would not consider it hard but it’s not for the beginner. Beautiful historic area. Lots to learn about iron works history if you want to. Bash Bish falls is beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

Great for the kids. NY MA border was cool for pics. Nice little hike.

hiking
9 months ago

If entering from the Massachusetts side, this should be rated moderate. Though there is a trail with blue markings on the trees to follow, the steep inclines, and the walk back up is somewhat fierce. People who are not in good shape should not venture through the Massachusetts side, as agility and good knees are necessary for this climb.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail from NY side. Flat trail. However, much tougher and a real hike from the MA side. Rocky and slippery. Big difference in difficulty. Beautiful falls and river stream. Nice fall foliage in October too.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice, easy trail, from New York side, to beautiful falls which were VERY busy even mid week. Note that the trail to the overlook from the falls is currently closed.

hiking
9 months ago

Short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a swimming hole. My boys loved it ages 13 and 11,

hiking
9 months ago

A good hike. Very crowded on a warm humid day.

hiking
10 months ago

Very great trail. We actually walked down the water fall through the rocks. Very enjoyable. It was mostly shaded at the lower areas but there are great places to stop, sit and relax in the sun. You can’t swim at the top of the waterfall (most people ignore the signs) but there are small pools as you travel down the river that are safer to swim in. I highly recommend good quality water shoes to protect your feet while traveling in the water. Waterproof backpacks are a plus if you’re planning to walk through the river. There is the risk of slipping and falling so proceed with caution. It takes a lot longer to walk on the rocks rather than on the road that travels parallel to the river.

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