Ready to be in awe of the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts?? Bash Bish Falls State Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Berkshires! We cover everything from hiking at Bash Bish Falls State Park to parking in New York State, and the trails that lead to this magical place in nature.
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5 Facts About Bash Bish Falls State Park
1. The water flowing over the falls comes directly from the springs of Mt Washington.
2. This area was first visited by travelers back in the 18th century. By the mid-19th century, it had become a tourist destination for nature lovers.
3. Famous painter John Frederick Kensett helped publicize it by painting several landscapes of the falls.
4. Bash Bish Falls is made up of numerous cascades from a nearby creek. The last and most incredible is 80 feet high, making it the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts.
5. Swimming is not allowed at Bash Bish Falls State Park. There have been over 25 deaths reported due to cliff jumping in the shallow pools. Stay safe!
How to Get to Bash Bish Falls State Park
Bash Bish Falls makes for a great afternoon adventure as it’s just a 25 minute drive from Great Barrington, MA. Even if you’re coming from further away, the drive from any of the main towns in the Berkshires is very scenic. Enjoy the twists and turns on the country roads of Massachusetts en route to the Bash Bish Falls hike.
Where to Park at Bash Bish Falls
Although Bash Bish Falls State Park is technically in Massachusetts, it actually sits right on the New York border. This means you can park on either side to enter the park.
Massachusetts: If you park on the MA side of the Bash Bish Falls State Park you’ll be above the falls. The hike down will be steep at times as the trail winds its way down to the waterfall.
New York: Continuing past the MA parking lot, you can also park in the New York State side and walk in. This Bash Bish Falls trail follows along the river and is a wider and flatter path to the waterfall.
Quick Bash Bish Falls Trail to Viewpoint
If you choose to park on the Massachusetts side there is a short hiking trail that leads to a viewpoint. In just a couple of minutes, you’ll have a beautiful lookout to the mountain range. We recommend doing this small section before heading down to the Bish Bash Falls trail.
Bash Bish Falls State Park Hike
Our favorite Bish Bash Falls trail is from the New York side. The 3/4 mile track takes you through the forest with a slight incline at the end towards the waterfall.
Although it’s super popular in the summertime, the Bish Bash Falls hike is just as gorgeous in every season. Once you get your first glimpse of Bish Bash Falls the short walk will be well worth it!
Experiencing the Magical Bash Bish Falls
When we first turned the corner at the end of the Bash Bish Falls trail we couldn’t believe our eyes. What a stunning waterfall! We’ve seen a lot of them in our day, and have even traveled to the largest waterfall system in the world.
Nevertheless, it’s still impressive to see something so beautiful right here in Massachusetts. Take your time walking around the area and checking out the different viewpoints.
In the past, it was common to see people swimming and cliff jumping during the summertime. However, it is now prohibited and there is a fence around the area so you can’t walk directly to the pools.
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Where To Stay in The Berkshires
Ultra Luxury – Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa – Take in some luxury in this historic Wyndhurst Mansion turned resort. Enjoy golfing, spa treatments, and views of the beautiful Berkshire countryside.
Fun Vacation – Courtyard by Marriott Lenox – Just a quick drive from downtown Lenox, this is the perfect spot to relax after a fun day of exploring. While there are plenty of historic hotels and Airbnb’s in the area, we enjoyed having the modern amenities and swimming pool at the Courtyard by Marriot.
Bed & Breakfast – Chambery Inn – This beautiful bed and breakfast is situated out in the countryside of Lee, but still close enough to walk to local restaurants and shops. You’ll also be just a few miles from attractions such a Tanglewood and Butternut Ski Resort.
Historic Hotel – Red Lion Inn – This historic hotel is a landmark in the town of Stockbridge. Stroll through town which is right at your doorstep, or simply watch the day pass you by while sipping on drinks on the front porch.
For more places to stay in the Berkshires you can explore the latest prices here!
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