Where are the best waterfalls in the Berkshires?
Photo by Steve Heap
Late spring begins the best time to explore our many waterfalls. Melting snow and rainfall swell the streams that feed them. There are more than 30 named falls in the Berkshires and countless lesser-known cascades.
Our favorites include: Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington (most popular); Tannery Brook Falls in Savoy (most spectacular); Glendale Falls in Middlefield (most powerful); Wahconah Falls in Dalton (most accessible, pictured above); Windsor Jambs in Windsor (most charming); and Stevens Glen in Richmond (most centrally located). Consider also March Cataract Falls in Williamstown, the Cascade in North Adams, Sanderson Brook Falls in Chester, Whirley Baths in Charlemont, Umpachene Falls in New Marlborough, and Shelburne Falls in Shelburne.
The excellent website newenglandwaterfalls.com has selected these four Berkshire falls among its “Top 40” in the six-state region: Bash Bish (#3), Tannery (#4), Campbell Falls in New Marlborough (#15), and Race Brook Falls in Sheffield (#28). Descriptions of each falls are included on the site. Much of the same information is included in the book New England Waterfalls by Greg Parsons and Kate B. Watson. It’s a good investment for those who enjoy exploring these natural wonders.
Waterfall lovers who are reluctant to hike long distances need not despair. About half the falls listed above can be reached directly by roads, but all do require short walks along paths and stairways for the best views. Others require some hiking to reach them, but the splendor that awaits the hiker makes it worth the effort.