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Description - 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.

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

Attractions - Bash Bish Falls is 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 has access to Mount Washington State Forest, Taconic State Park and Mount Everett State Forest. From the top of Mount Everett visitors may take in a view spanning the three states.

Recreation - Recreational Opportunities include; fishing, hiking, scenic viewing and walking trails. There is primitive as well as full service camping offered in the neighboring Mount Washington State Forest and Taconic State Park.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - Bash Bish Fall State Park is located in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts. From 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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Bash Bish Falls State Park, Falls Rd. Mt. Washington, c/o RD 3 East St. , Mt. Washington, MA, 01258, Phone: 413-528-0330

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Bash Bish Falls State Park DCR Site - Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation site for Bash Bish Falls State Park

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