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Bash Bish Falls

Bash Bish Falls, MA

Bash Bish Falls is a waterfall in Bash Bish Falls State Park located in the Taconic Mountains of southwestern Massachusetts, US (Berkshire County, Berkshire Hills, the Berkshires). It is the highest waterfall in the state. The falls are made up of a series of cascades, nearly 200 feet (61 m) in total, with the final cascade being split into twin falls by a jutting rock, dropping in an 80-foot (24 m) "V" over boulders to a serene pool below.

The waters of Bash Bish Falls begin at a spring in Mount Washington, MA. After the falls, Bash Bish Brook continues on a gentler course through Copake, New York, eventually joining the Hudson River. The waterfall is at the mouth of a gorge formed during the last ice age. At the rear of the gorge, opposite the waterfall, is a 194 feet (59 m) sheer rock wall.

There are both upper and lower access points for viewing Bash Bish Falls on Falls Road in Mount Washington, Massachusetts. Falls Road is the continuation in Massachusetts of New York State Route 344. There is also access via a hiking trail network. The hiking trail approach is a short steep trail (blue blazed) off of the South Taconic Trail, which accesses the falls from the south side.

"Bash Bish Falls" by Tom Walsh - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

From the top of the waterfalls, known as the "Summit", one has a clear view across Massachusetts into New York State and eventually the Catskill Mountains. Recently the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation installed railings to prevent falls, which have been common from that location. More than 25 deaths have occurred at the Falls in the past century. Some were due to drowning, but most were due to rock climbing or rock jumping. This is a very dangerous area as pools are shallow, and swimming is not allowed.

View From The Summit atop Bash Bish Falls.
Bash Bish Summit View
"BishBashSummit" by NightRider63 (talk) (Uploads) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikipedia.

 


 

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