Bash Bish Falls State Park - Massachusetts

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Address and Phone Number

Falls Rd., Mt. Washington, c/o RD 3 East St., Mt. Washington, MA 01258 -- (413) 528-0330

In the extreme southwest corner of the state is a cluster of state parks noted for their spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. Located here is Bash Bish Falls, one of Massachusetts' most dramatic and its highest single-drop waterfall. Cascading water tumbles through a series of gorges and a hemlock-hardwood ravine forest, and then drops about 60 feet into a sparkling pool below.

Bash Bish Falls is located next to the 4,169 acre Mount Washington State Forest which offers 30 miles of trails, including the South Taconic Trail and wilderness camping. They both adjoin New York's 5,000 acre Taconic State Park, which offers full service camping, amenities and access to Bash Bish Falls by a moderate difficulty uphill foot trail. Nearby 1,356 acre Mount Everett State Forest offers informal picnicking at Guilder Pond. From the top of Mount Everett visitors may take in a view spanning the three states.

Things to know before you go...

The park is open from sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Access is free.

Parking is allowed only at the designated lot; on-road parking is not permitted.

Be prepared: No services are available. Carry-in, carry-out all your belongings and trash.

Rattlesnakes reside at this Park: They are protected by law. Never approach, handle, provoke or move snakes.

Tickwarning: Take precautions to avoid ticks. Check for ticks at regular intervals.

Pets are permitted. Must be on a 10-foot maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current Rabies vaccine. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.

Prohibited: swimming, diving, access inside the gorge and rock climbing; dangerous conditions exist.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on all state lands.

Park Directions

Bash Bish Fall State Park is located in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

From East or West/MassPike (I-90): Take Exit 2 in Lee. Follow MA Rte. 102 west for 4.7 miles to Stockbridge. Turn left and follow U.S. Rte. 7 south for 7.7 miles through Great Barrington. Turn right and follow MA Rte. 23 west for 4.9 miles to South Egremont. Turn left onto MA Rte. 41 south, then take immediate right, Mount Washington Road; continue for 7.5 miles (becomes East St.). Turn right onto Cross Rd. then right onto West St. and continue for 1 mile. Turn left onto Falls Rd and follow for 1.5 miles to parking lot and trailhead on left.

From West, North and South/NY Rte. 22: Off NY Rte. 22 in Copake Falls take NY Rte. 344 east, past Taconic State Park, into Massachusetts (becomes Falls Rd.) for 2 miles. Parking lot and trailhead are on right.

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