Source: Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires
What you’ll see: An easy hike to Massachusetts's most spectacular waterfall, and a short, steep climb for a view of Bash Bish Gorge, New York's Harlem Valley, and the distant Catskills.
What you’ll experience:
What’s in the area:
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Distance: 2.0 miles
- Elevation Gain: 470 feet
- Estimated Time: 1.5 hours
- Location: Mount Washington, Copake Falls, NY
- Maps: AMC Massachusetts Trail Map #2:C1, USGS Copake Falls, Bash Bish Falls
- Taconic State Park, in New York
- From the intersection of Route 7 and Route 23/41 in Great Barrington, turn onto Route 23/41 and drive southwest for 4.0 miles.
- Turn left onto Route 41 south (at Mill Pond), and in 0.1 mile turn right onto Mount Washington Road.
- Drive for 7.7 miles (the road becomes East Street in Mount Washington), following signs, to the intersection with Cross Road.
- Turn right (a Church of Christ chapel is located on the opposite corner). Cross Road intersects West Street.
- Bear right on West Street, which becomes fairly steep and winding for the next 0.5 mile.
- At a stop sign, turn left to cross Wright Brook and left again immediately on Bash Bish Falls Road. Follow it for 2.5 miles into New York State, where it becomes Route 344 (passing the upper parking area in Massachusetts along the way), to the paved large lower parking area at Taconic State Park on the left. The total distance from Route 7 in Great Barrington to Taconic State Park in 16.0 miles.