Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Massachusetts with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful!

Easy 3/4 mile stroll up to the falls. Nice falls but overrun with jackasses not heeding the no swimming or diving signs. Loud and full of humanity on a warm weekend. Nice to see it but I don't think I'll be coming back. Not as spectacular as, say, Kent Falls, and just too many people. Parking is also a mess.

mountain biking
15 days ago

The northern half of the trail is overgrown and very buggy. I really liked the rest of the trail, so if you’re out during the summer, prepare by wearing pants and bug spray.

This short walk along a stream on a hot day when many people were cooling off walking around in the water was really nice! No swimming by the actual falls (strictly enforced). Super crowded with families and lots of people and dogs.

Great for a family? Two parking sites one further away then the other. Our 7 and 9 yearold loved the hike and the falls. Room to go out on rocks which were safe for most, with the exception of very young kids or those with mobility difficulty. Well worth the trip.

Beautiful hike but very crowded.

I proposed to my wife here right after a snow storm in November. Beautiful spot any time of the year!

Good loop on the north side of Callahan. Some much needed trail maintenance has been done on Red Tail which made it much more enjoyable on the way to Gibbs Mountain. The trails alternate between shady woods and open meadows. There are a couple sections that can be confusing so I would recommend using your tracker to avoid wandering in circles. Despite the poor signage on the north side, I really did enjoy this hike and would do it again.

Got off track once. Some challenging narrow spaces and rocks, but was a fun challenge. Glad for this app to help me get back to the right trail.

Easy walk to a great waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing little hike. We parked at the Bish bash pull off and not at the state park so the hike was shorter. There are some small hills and the terrain is a little rocky at times. When you make it to the top and see the falls you will be in awe. You can take stairs down into the falls and climb the rocks to get some good picture or even cool of quick. No swimming signs are posted everywhere but a ton of people were in the water waist deep. Stairs are very step and uneven so be careful. Our 4.5lb Chihuahua went with us with zero issues. He loved being able to go into the water at the beginning/end of the trail. We camp in the area and this will definitely be a spot we visit often.

Lovely falls.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trail, pretty technical and difficult. Definitely find a map, or bring a gps. But will definitely do it again.

Hiked here with my family two years ago and had a picnic on the rocks by the waterfall. Such a beautiful place, it’s a must go if you’re visiting the area.

Really great place to bring your dog. Our lab always leaves here exhausted after all the swimming and running. Everyone we ran into was extremely friendly and people seemed to be picking up after their canine friends. They include fee trail maps as well as poop bags. Trails are easy to follow, well maintained, we love it here.

Amazing and blissful short little hike, well worth the incline challenge, coming from New York.

hiking
3 months ago

First, the positives. It is a lovely trail. The first (Northern) part is along the ridge line. We hiked before deciduous trees bloomed and had lovely views all along the way. There is an awesome rock scramble down a cliff (and then back up as we did it). The southern portion is a lovely walk through the woods with several easy creek crossings.
Second, the negatives. We had a very hard time finding the trail. We sent the directions to our phone and it sent us way off the route (north of MA 2), ending in someone's back yard. We then tried to find the northern terminus by map and found absolutely nothing. We then drove along the very straight, unnamed road between Narrows Rd. and Rte 31 and stopped at an unmarked trail and tried it. After some anxious minutes we found a Y in the trail with two signs, one downhill to Rte 31 and one uphill to "The Ledges." We took the uphill trail and it eventually crossed the MidState Trail. At the southern end of the trail we ran into Mt. Wachusetts Ski Resort before we got to the pond marked on the map, got irritated, and turned around. In total we lost two miles (one each way), so our hike was 8.2 miles rather than the 9.9 miles advertised.

The waterfall was stunning. We parked on the Mass side but also chose to go along the NY side and back. It was a lovely hike!!

hiking
3 months ago

Wow, what amazing day. It’s a short hike down on the MA side. We even did it in about a half of inch of snow. Be sure to wear warm socks or bring extras, very wet. But stunning falls. I will be back!

NY parking provides an easy family friendly hike to the falls. MA parking gives a short stint of challenging terrain down to the falls, a fun little burst of the hikers high!!

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful. easy trail and waterfalls are well worth the trip. water is also stunning. lots of dogs and families even on an overcast afternoon. trail was clear and dry despite recent snowfall.

hiking
4 months ago

really enjoyed the trail, was well maintained. the falls and the river were beautiful and made the trail enjoyable for the entire hike.

Great place to get lost. Make sure you bring a GPS.

Must see for Massachusetts

This was a wonderful hike/walk in the ice and snow. but I would not call it hard or sometimes even moderate. It might be listed that for its length but not the terrain.

hiking
6 months ago

To reiterate some previous reviewers' comments, I definitely recommend taking a GPS because the trail wasn't consistently marked and there were many confusing intersections. I used the AllTrails app and my iPhone for a map and GPS. This would've worked fine to help guide my hike except that it was about 30 degrees and lithium-ion batteries don't like cold; my iPhone shut off as I was trying to make my way through the maze of this very poorly marked trail. I could've printed the map but I don't think it would've been helpful due to the missing trail markings and miscellaneous intersections. Additionally, I was hiking as the winter thaw was re-freezing which meant that the trail was exceptionally wet and icy.

I may re-do this hike in the spring/summer, or pass on it because there are so many other better-marked trails with more challenging terrain and nicer views.

on Bash Bish Falls Trail

6 months ago

If your in western Massachusetts or eastern N.Y. traveling on 87, this is worth a stop. Short hike down to some dramatic falls . Don’t forget your camera!

dope as sh^t

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