Bash Bish State Park, MA
Taconic State Park, NY
NY/NJ Trail Conference South Taconic Trails Map #4
Mt. Washington State Forest Map - Massachusetts DCR
From the New York State Thruway I-87/I-287, take the Saw Mill Parkway north to I-684 north. I-684 north turns into 22 north. Stay on 22 north all the way to Copake Falls, NY, then turn right on 344 to Taconic State Park. Pass the Bash Bish lower parking area on the right in Taconic State Park and proceed to the upper Bash Bish parking area a short distance ahead on the right in Bash Bish State Park, MA. GPS coordinates: 42.113844, -73.491608
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HIKE DISTANCE: 8.1 miles
From the upper Bash Bish Falls parking lot in Massachusetts, with your back to Route 344, head to the right on the blue-blazed trail. This trail is not shown on the main map but there is an enlargement of it on the reverse side of the map. This trail is rocky and at times descends steeply while going through a beautiful forest which chokes out most of the sunlight. You will be able to hear the waterfalls which become increasingly louder.
At 0.4 miles, arrive at a gravel road. Turn left to go a short distance to Bash Bish Falls.
|View from the upper platform.|
|Up close view at bottom of steps leading to the falls.|
|Start the hike early because the falls will be crowded later in the day as you come this way again.|
You will soon see signs indicating you are leaving Massachusetts and entering New York. The gravel road will run parallel to Bash Bish Brook.
Cross over Route 344 and turn left. Walk a few steps over the bridge then turn right into the woods where the white-blazed South Taconic Trail heads north. Follow this trail heading towards the campgrounds.
|Most of the South Taconic Trail will be a woods road up to Sunset Rock.|
At 3.25 miles arrive at a sign which points to the left for Sunset Rock. Follow red blazes painted on the stones on the ground, then on trees for a short distance to the overlook. You will need to stand on Sunset Rock for better views over the trees.
|Views of the Hudson Valley with the Catskills in the distance.|
At 3.5 miles keep to the left when an unmarked trail veers right. At 3.7 miles cross over Sunset Rock Road, turn left and walk briefly down the road to the continuation of the white-blazed South Taconic trail on the right.
I hiked farther north almost another mile from this point as there were supposed to be more views but I did not see any so unless you want a longer hike, retrace your steps back from this point for an 8.1 mile hike.
At 5.6 miles arrive back at the blue-blazed Cedar Brook Trail trailhead.
At 7.7 miles arrive back at Bash Bish Falls and turn left on the blue-blazed trail which leads back to the parking lot.
At 8.1 miles arrive back at the parking lot. If you are up for a very short but challenging rock scramble to some great views, head on up by the sign at the south center of the parking lot which directs you to a scenic view. There will be hand rails and cables to assist in climbing up.
If you are heading back home south on Route 22, about half an hour away from the park is a farm market on the right that has some very nice organic produce.