The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts are home to dozens of lovely waterfalls but none are quite as tall, iconic, or spectacular as Bash Bish Falls.
Whether it’s the sound of the splashing and gurgling water, the hypnotic sight of the tumbling cascade, or something else, there’s just something irresistible about a waterfall. People will drive and hike for miles to catch sight of one.
Here in the Berkshires, however, you don’t have to go too far to find a waterfall. You’re surrounded by them! In fact, the state’s most famous set of falls, Bash Bish, is less than an hour’s drive from our Stockbridge bed and breakfast.
Most Berkshires waterfalls can be viewed year ’round but the best time to view most is in the spring, when runoff is at its peak. This is certainly true of Bash Bish Falls.
Massachusetts’ Highest Single-Drop Waterfall
The park is home to a number of gorges and a forest of eastern hemlock with trails and shelters for hiking and picnicking. Hunting and fishing are also allowed but the primary draw is, of course, the falls.
The hike to the falls from the parking lot is around 1/3 of a mile (536m). It is a short hike but a fairly steep descent. The area can get very crowded during the summer season but the falls are worth it.
Bash Bish Falls tumbles through a series of dramatic rocky gorges before being split in two on a massive boulder. The two flumes then tumble another dramatic 80 feet down into the pool below. At its peak, the falls produce a cooling mist that feels wonderful on your skin during hot weather.
The trail leading to the top of the falls is not recommended. Many people have been seriously injured while climbing the trail’s slippery rocks. Swimming in the falls’ pool is also potentially dangerous and thus forbidden. The best way to enjoy the falls are with your eyes or a camera.
There are a number of other trails in the park you can explore, plus those of nearby Mount Washington State Forest and Mount Everett State Reservation. Make a day of it knowing your incredibly comfy Inn at Stockbridge guest room is less than an hour away.
Nearby Berkshires Waterfalls
Bash Bish may be the most famous waterfall in the Berkshires – but it’s most definitely not the only one!