Mt. Washington (Berkshire County, MA)
Why we love it
With its 59-foot drop split into two parallel cascades by a towering boulder, Bash Bish Falls is the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts, but it is so close to the New York border that both states can take credit for its dramatic beauty. In fact, the easiest way to approach it is from the trailhead in Copake Falls (Columbia County). A walk along the creek (1.5 miles round trip) delivers you right into the cataract’s mist — and a scene captured on canvas by just about every Hudson River School painter worth their salt.
More to explore
Bash Bish Falls is nestled in the Taconic Range, which offers many wonderful hiking options, including Brace Mountain, the tallest point in Dutchess County. Camping options are also available at nearby Taconic State Park.
- Tallest waterfall in Massachusetts
- Relatively flat walk along creek
Directions, hours, etc.: https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/bash-bish-falls/