In the extreme southwest corner of Massachusetts is a cluster of state parks noted for their spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. Situated high on a mountain plateau, much of this forest was once clear-cut between the late-1700s to mid-1800s, to produce charcoal fuel for local iron forges. Today, amidst the re-grown red oak-northern hardwood forest, the 4,169 acre Mount Washington State Forest offers 30 miles of trails over rugged terrain and wilderness camping. Hike the South Taconic Trail to the 2,250 ft. elev. summit of Alander Mountain for amazing views. Or follow the Appalachian Trail as it winds its way along the ridgeline and through Sage's Ravine. Springtime features include blooming mountain laurel and azalea; and in summer, a carpet of ferns.
Adjacent to the state forest is Bash Bish Falls, one of the state's most dramatic waterfalls. Cascading water tumbles through a series of gorges, and then plummets some 60 feet into a sparkling pool below.
Mount Washington State Forest is located in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts.From East or West/Mass Pike (I-90): Take Exit 2 in Lee. Follow MA Rte. 102 west for 4.7 miles to Stockbridge. Turn left and follow U.S. Rte. 7 south for 7.7 miles through Great Barrington. Turn right and follow MA Rte. 23 west for 4.9 miles to South Egremont. Turn left onto MA Rte. 41 south, then take immediate right, Mount Washington Road; continue for 8.8 miles (becomes East St.) to park entrance and headquarters.
From West, North and South/NY Rte. 22: From NY Rte. 22 in Copake Falls, NY take NY Rte. 344 east into Massachusetts (becomes Falls Rd.) for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto West Street and continue for 2 miles, bearing right onto East Street. Parking and trailhead are on right.