In the same area as Mt. Everett (the Mount Washington State Reservation), there are multiple state parks. The day we hiked Mt. Everett, we didn’t have time to check out any of the surrounding parks, but we were pretty curious about Bash Bish Falls State Park. According to the website, Bash Bish Falls is the largest single drop waterfall in Massachusetts (yes, I know – not saying much). While the falls were nice, we also really loved some of the surrounding trails.
There are two parking areas – one in MA and one in NY. These parking areas are only about a mile apart, and I highly recommend checking out both areas. The hike down to the falls from the MA lot is very steep and strenuous, but there is also a short, steep hike UP from the parking lot to a scenic viewing area. We liked the view so much that we went back again just after sunset to take another look.
There was also a small trail off to the side of the parking lot that led down to the river (not sure what it is called, but it’s the one that feeds into the Falls). No one else was down there, and we really enjoyed the quiet! There’s nothing like the sound of rushing water for stress relief – plus, the dogs liked swimming in the calmer areas.
After a couple hours hanging out by the river, we drove over to the NY parking area and hiked about a mile uphill to the falls. It was a nice, relaxing hike with a wide and smooth trail. We had to cross the state line (back into MA) to get back to the falls, and were excited to find that we were the only people there. Apparently, the falls are very crowded in the summer, but it was quiet when we were there – likely because it was 7 p.m.!
All-in-all, we had a great day! The hiking wasn’t overly strenuous, which was relaxing (in a way), but we were rewarded for our efforts. Plus, the dogs had a great time, and I had some fun playing with my camera!