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Bash Bish Falls from Taconic State Park

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Taconic State Park

Bash Bish Falls from Taconic State Park is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Copake, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 239 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Waterfall

Wildlife

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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. 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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Nicole Hughes
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Used to be quite the sanctuary back in the day, now it's completely overcrowded. The falls are amazing though....that hasn't changed

Amy Ross
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Hiking

Nice waterfall and stream but it was extremely busy on a Monday afternoon.

Amanda Jones
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Hiking

Really beautiful clean well maintained good ranger presence but no swimming

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Sarah Alfano
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Walking

Nice easy walk. We got there at 9 and it was just in time, we saw a lot of people on their way in as we were leaving. There was a state trooper posted at the falls to make sure people weren’t staying too long and going in the water. Don’t bother with a bathing suit as you’re not allowed in the water. We still got some nice photos but it was very crowded and not everyone was social distancing or wearing masks.

Brian Krulish
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Hiking

Get to the trailhead early if you’re planning on a visit. Falls become mobbed with people..,very little social distancing as well. Falls themselves are beautiful but the people having zero concern for throwing trash everywhere blemish this gorgeous scenery.

Katie Biga
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HikingGreat!

I really enjoyed the waterfalls. Clean trail to get there. Parking lot was almost full by 8:30am. People were coming in by the van loads. Kid-friendly!

Ron Nipay
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Hiking

Boring hike, mediocre scenery.

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M. S.
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Hiking

Easy hike to a very busy waterfall, no bugs to speak of trail was somewhat clear waterfalls again was very busy with people.

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Alli Fish
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Hiking

Falls themselves were beautiful. We’ve been camping nearby and the parking lot is very crowded by 10 or so every day. We got up and to the lot by 7am and were the only ones there. The trail to the falls was trashed. Almost everywhere you looked was litter. Plastic and glass bottles, food containers, food waste, underwear, socks, shirts, plastic bags. An absolute waste of such beauty. The only takeaway from this experience was the opportunity to have a teaching moment with our boys on carry in, carry out and personal responsibility with preserving nature.

Andrea Evans
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Hiking

Over crowded and people not respecting rules. No face masks, swimming etc.

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Adam Newman
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This trail is not safe at this time. It is incredibly crowded. You cannot maintain social distancing while on trail. Picnickers crowd the trail hauling food and gear. A large percentage of them do not wear face coverings and make no attempt to keep their distance. Excessive swimming at the base of the falls even though no swimming is posted. Garbage strewn at falls site.

Jay Thompson
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Hiking

Kind of dirty lots of trash left behind but falls themself were nice

Josh Lang
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Hiking

Nice Trail and good views but many people without masks and proper protection. The rock view was great but many people smoking which caused the air quality to be bad.

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Colleen Meagher
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Hiking

Massive crowds, boom boxes, loud music, people smoking hookah, burning charcoal, vaping, picnicking, sitting in lawn chairs and littering. Very crowded. Park rules are not abided by, courtesy is non-existent. Big disappointment.

Jess P
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HikingRocky

We hiked this trail from the campsite & it was about a mile to the falls. It’s not flat and not good in the dark: rocky and a lot of roots sticking up. We were able to wade in the water on the side of the trail although there is no swimming at the falls. Not a lot of people although it rained earlier and was late so maybe that’s the key. Well worth the hike. Cool to trek through two states, too.

Aaron Perry
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Hiking

so crowded! large groups of 20+ people with full out bbqs and large speakers blasting party music. the waterfall is awesome but was hard to enjoy. litter everywhere. people everywhere. we opted to hike down the river about 500 feet from the mass gathering and found some secluded falls to enjoy.

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Drew Thompson
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Beautiful waterfall, took the trail from copake iron works which is an easy walk to and from the falls. It gets crowded so if going make sure to wear a mask. Also park workers unfortunately have to collect garbage at the falls each morning so if you pack in pack out your trash and bottles. Leave it clean!

Megan Cassidy
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Hiking

Beautiful falls. It was super crowded and people were terrible at social distancing so I’d say this is not a great place to go for immuno-compromised folks right now.

Sonjia Tainter
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Absolutely BEAUTIFUL location. The scenic route was perfect and very easy. There is another route from the MA parking lot that was more of a hike and was pretty steep in some areas but still wasn't bad at all!

Gabi Leyton-Nolan
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HikingBugs

Very easy trail with gradual incline. In mid June it was extremely buggy, so bug spray is recommended. The falls are very nice and worth a stop if you are in the Berkshires.

Roseline Hernandez
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Hiking

Hiked 6/17/2020: Short gradual incline, wide trail, espectacular views of the waterfall. We parked on the NY side, there was plenty of parking spaces open, not too crowded on our way there, but saw way more people on our way out. Some trash by the waterfall and on the trail, saw some people swimming even though there are plenty of “no swimming signage.” If you are in the area, I definitely recommend it.

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Maddy Fullam
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Easy, quick trail to the beautiful falls. Porta potties in parking lot and near the falls. Extremely overcrowded! Would highly recommend going at off times as I went on a Sunday afternoon and there was only so many places to go near falls. Hard to get a good picture with all of the people there.

Angel Jean
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Hiking

Not difficult whatsoever but regardless, the waterfall makes it.

Kate & Michael G.
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Hiking

Always a great hike. Very easy with a great waterfall. Although it says ‘no swimming’ there are several spots to cool off.

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Sonam Dorjee
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Hiking

Must visit!!

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Boxer the box Gaming
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HikingClosed

Took 53 minutes from Copake Iron Works Visitor Center and Museum Parking lot to the falls and back. The MA side is closed but you can walk from NY parking lot. A lot of people out on the trails and not social distancing very well. Many people are swimming in the falls regardless of the ‘No Swimming’ signs. Nice hike but would have been better without so many people during this time.

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Shannon C
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Hiking

Falls are gorgeous! Parking lot is closed but you can park at Copake iron works. It was, however, extremely crowded. Definitely a tourist trap.

Mike Cramsie
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Hiking

One of my absolute favorites. My girlfriend and I have been coming here a couple of times a year for the last few years. The view of the falls is really something hard to get tired of. As of today (5/26) the parking lot for the falls was closed, but there were spots at the iron works to park with a trail that leads to it.

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Leigh Zwanka
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Rocky

fantastic

Ali Baker
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Hiking

Gorgeous walk and waterfall! Trailhead parking is closed for Covid, but you can park at Taconic Park and walk to the trailhead (take the lower bash bish trail, the one that starts at the Copake Iron furnace) - this turns it into about a four mile out and back, but really nice and free parking.

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