There’s just something about a waterfall that is magical. From the sound of the falling water to the sight of it splashing its way down, waterfalls can be hypnotic. Science tells us that falling water releases negative ions into the air that have a positive effect on our moods.
Whatever the reason, waterfalls are almost universally loved.
Luckily, there are many waterfalls in the Berkshires of Western, MA. Some are big, splashing waterfalls like Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington. Others are small, “horsetail” falls like Stevens Glen in Richmond. Some waterfalls can be seen from the road while others require a hike. While some falls are more seasonal than others, they’re all most exciting during the spring rains and run-off.
Rather than list all the waterfalls in the Berkshires, here are just a few of the more popular ones near our neck of the woods.
Falls on the Overbrook Trail
The Overbrook Trail Falls are a series of cascades along the Overbrook Trail, located in Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The falls are a 15-foot curtain of water flowing down over a mossy, stone cliff face. The hike to the falls is a less than a mile on a trail of moderate difficulty. The beauty of Overbrook Trail falls is dependent on the volume of water that is flowing over them. Consequently, they can be spectacular in spring and totally underwhelming after a dry summer.
Race Brook Falls
Race Brook Falls, near Sheffield, MA, is a stunning series of five waterfalls on the slopes of Mt. Race. The hike to the last set of falls is just over a mile and of moderate difficulty but well worth the effort. Some of the cascades drop nearly 100 feet and the second set of falls are particularly photogenic.
Bash Bish Falls
Bash Bish Falls are the most iconic falls on our short list. The falls tumble through a series of dramatic gorges, fall to split on a massive boulder, then tumble some 80 feet down into Bash Bish Brook. Magnificent.
The trail to the falls is less than half a mile’s easy hike but the falls can attract up to 3,000 people a day during the summer. Visiting Bash Bish outside tourist season is definitely preferable – but seeing them, regardless, is recommended.
Bash Bish Falls are located in Mount Washington State Forest and just 40 minutes from our Lee, MA B&B. You can find directions and more information about the falls here.
Visit www.newenglandwaterfalls.com for a list, map, and information on more waterfalls of Berkshire County.
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