Bash Bish Falls Trail

MODERATE 162 reviews

Bash Bish Falls Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Washington, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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.

26 days ago

dope as sh^t

2 months ago

Short hike with awesome views of a moderate waterfall. All along the trail, the air is filled with the sounds of running water, as the path parallels the stream.

hiking
2 months ago

Short, rugged trail, boulders and tree roots, natural stone stairs and long wooden steps. Stones down around the falls are smooth and slick from years of traffic, you just have to be careful. Not many visitors this time of year and cooler temperatures made this a very pleasant and quick hike. Very pretty hike through mature forest with lots of moss covered boulders.

hiking
3 months ago

Probably one of my favorite waterfall spots! Very easy hike to and from the falls. Hike the stream to or from the falls if you what to be more adventurous BUT be very careful of how slippery the rocks can be! We got there around 9 on a Sunday and we’re the third car in the lot, left at 11:30 and the lot was packed. Get there early if you want to peace to enjoy the beauty of this place.

3 months ago

Lots of trails near by, we came this morning to look at the falls. breath taking, no one was there this morning. We had lunch by the water and jus listen to the falls. We decided to park on the Massachusetts side instead of N.Y.. If you have a hard time hiking go on the N.Y. side you can just park at the bottom of the falls. Two outdoor potties in the parking lot. super clean. No swimming allowed. Beautiful spot to just relax.

hiking
4 months ago

This is the tallest waterfall in Mass, and it is impressive. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/bashbishfalls

hiking
4 months ago

Closer to easy than moderate, and a beautiful waterfall and pool combination!

4 months ago

Interesting and exciting for kids but It was a weekend and a lot of people were swimming and picnicking on the site making it impossible for quite and contemplating enjoyment.

4 months ago

We camped at the grounds nearby and it was a nice walk to the falls. The waterfall is beautiful!! Not too crowded on a nice weekend in the summer. You can swim here too.

hiking
5 months ago

We actually came in from the Copake Iron Works site @ Taconic State Park (1/2-mile trail brought us over to the NY trailhead for Bash Bish Falls). The trail from the Iron Works is well-marked, scenic (mostly following the Bash Bish River), and includes a few interesting history-related placards. The trail up to the falls was extraordinarily busy, but it's very wide & includes plenty of room for everyone who's making the trek up and back. Many of the visitors were taking advantage of benches that are placed along the river, enjoying the view even before reaching the falls.

5 months ago

too over populated for my liking in the dead of summer, but otherwise it was beautiful & the water was the clearest water i've yet to see!

nature trips
5 months ago

Great little workout to a beautiful view of the falls. Arrived earlt and enjoyed the solitude ina spot that frequently is crowded.

hiking
5 months ago

Crowds diminish downstream.

hiking
5 months ago

very cool, can swim a little in the bash bish brook along the trail towards the falls

5 months ago

Love the view from the top

hiking
6 months ago

Both trails are great to do.

6 months ago

We hiked in from the NY side. Very easy hike. Nice trail and amazing views but it was very crowded. We would have loved to go in the water, but there were "No Swimming" signs everywhere.

hiking
6 months ago

So many people.

6 months ago

Lots of people

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous waterfall, simple hike, great for families. Definitely a must see!

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