Monday, October 1, 2012

Two Waterfalls in Southwestern Massachusetts

I spent this last weekend visiting and exploring Western Massachusetts.  On the Saturday, we visited and photographed two waterfalls near Great Barrington.  The first waterfall, Bash Bish Falls, located in the Bash Bish Falls State Park, located next to Mount Washington State Forest, contains the highest waterfall in Massachusetts.  It has been described as "the state's most dramatic waterfall".  I had found information about the falls in  Parsons, Greg; Watson, Kate B. (2010-07-05). New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades and Waterfalls.  New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades and Waterfalls (Second Edition) (New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 200 Cascades & Waterfalls) This book describes the falls, when is the best time to visit them, and gives excellent directions to help you locate the falls.

There are two different ways to get to Bash Bish Falls, one is to park in the upper parking lot and traveled down a steep, narrow trail to the falls (the shortest way) or travel down to the lower parking lot, which is in New York, and walk an easier trail, but longer to the falls.  We went down the shortest way to the falls, but returned up the easier way, then my son walked back up to the upper falls brought the car down to pick me up.
Bash Bish  Falls is very popular and there were around good number of people visiting and enjoying the vista.  There was a group of boys which appeared to be college-age that climbed on the rocks and were jumping over from one side to the other and I thought if one of them slipped we would the call in the rescue squad to pick up the body further downstream.
I photograph these beautiful falls from above the falls and down on the rocks at the base of the falls.  Bish Bash Falls the definitely worth a trip.

After, we had a spot of lunch, we traveled to the next falls.  Campbell Falls located in the Campbell Falls State Park in the town of New Marlborough.  To me.  Campbell Falls was just as spectacular as the Bash Bish Falls and we had the whole falls to ourselves.  An interesting fact on on the falls is that they are probably located in Connecticut. 

On the trail down there is a stone marker with 1908, chiseled on one side, and on opposite sides are chiseled MASS and CONN.

So if you are out visiting in the Berkshires around the Great Barrington area, these falls are definitely worth the trip.