Bash Bish Falls Trail

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Bash Bish Falls Trail 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

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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.

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rocky
10 days 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!

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1 month 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.

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muddy
1 month 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.

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3 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.

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3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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

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4 months ago

Very comfort trail.

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4 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!

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4 months ago

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

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5 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.

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5 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.

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5 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.

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5 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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

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5 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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5 months ago

Easy walk from the NY parking lot. Beautiful view of the falls.

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5 months ago

nice gentle walk along wide trail to Bash Bish Falls. Had fun climbing around the rocks at the falls. Water was COLD! Felt great!

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6 months ago

A beautiful short well maintained trail along a stream...even saw a bear walking down the road at the trailhead...will definitely be back but will probably be during the week as it got too busy for me on a hot weekend!

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6 months ago

Went swimming near the falls and had SO much fun! Its a short hike with beautiful views, definitely recommend and definitely would go back.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Multiple trails for different skill levels, beautiful scenic views, plenty of shade for summer hiking.

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6 months ago

from NY border, plenty of parking, trail easy, flat, steady incline along the river, beautiful falls, hike only 3/4 mile.

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rocky
7 months ago

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

My first time hiking, the trail was a little bit of a scramble from the Massachusetts side but very do-able. Be mindful of slippery rocks as I slipped early on in the hike where I had to cross a small stream of water.

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8 months ago

Nice easy woodsy hike follows the river. Very tranquil. Breathtaking waterfall.

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8 months ago

We followed GPS into the park which took us to the MA side of the falls. Trail sign said 1/4 mi. to the falls, 300’ elevation. It was a beautiful hike to the falls. Lots of elevation, straight up hike going back to car. If you are not a hiker, take the NY entrance in. Easier but a little farther walk. The falls were beautiful! Worth the hike in and out.

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8 months ago

Love the falls here, great hike!

Hike the Massachusetts trail down to the falls then the New York trail and took the road backup the awesome falls and nice path

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