Nice walk to a spectacular falls but with NO SWIMMING enforced in all locations below the falls. The apparent place to swim is above the falls - there are several very nice, family-safe swimmable pools in the creek above the falls. There are signs at the top of the falls warning you not to approach too near the top; be sure to swim upstream of these signs so as not to get too close to the top of the falls.
From MA: From Great Barrington (MA), take RT 23 west to Egremont, then take RT 41 south then make an immediate right (west) onto Mt. Washington Rd. and follow signs from there to parking area for Bash-Bish Falls. Park in the parking lot for the falls (this is above the falls). From the parking lot, if you walk to the right, you will descend steeply .5 mile to the base of Bash Bish falls. No swimming there! But instead, if you leave the parking lot to the left, it is a very short walk to the creek above the falls and several swimming holes. There are signs at the top of the falls warningyou not to approach too near the top; be sure to swim upstream of these signs so as not to get too close to the top of the falls.
If you continue to drive on past this parking area, you will go into NY and be on RT 344 and come to the NY parking area. See below.
From NY: From Copake Falls (NY) on RT 22 (in Taconic State Park), take RT 344 east a short distance to the (signed) Bash Bish Falls parking area. Park and hike up .6 mile long (easy) trail to falls. There is no swimming anywhere below the falls and this is enforced. It is very difficult to get to the top of the falls from the bottom. You can get to the MA parking area at the top from the NY side - just continue to drive up RT 344 and you will enter MA and come to the MA parking area on the right.
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