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Local Massachusetts lore says the origin of the name, Bash Bish Falls, comes from a story that occurred hundreds of years ago. A Mohican Native American was accused of committing adultery, for which the punishment was to be tied up inside a canoe and pushed over a waterfall. It’s unknown whether this event actually occurred, however.

Home to the highest waterfall in Massachusetts, Bash Bish Falls State Park is considered one of the most scenic - and dangerous - locations in the state. The top of Bash Bish Falls is extremely slippery, and there have been over 25 deaths since the 1970s from people attempting to jump from rock to rock. A handful of deaths were from drowning, also. As a result of this, AOL Travel listed this park as one of the top 10 “most dangerous tourist attractions” in the United States in 2010.

Situated in far western Massachusetts, the closest town is Copake, NY, across the Massachusett-New York state border. The town is about four miles west of Bash Bish Falls State Park. Copake, which has around 4,000 residents, has a grocery store, a few restaurants, and retail shops lining its main street.

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Getting Outdoors

Bash Bish Falls is the highest waterfall in the state, though it’s a series of cascades, rather than one long, continuous drop. Totaling 280 feet, the tallest cascading drop is about 80 feet high, split in half by a massive boulder. There are two main trails in Bash Bish Falls State Park. One leads to the top of the falls, which is nicknamed the Summit. This trail is especially steep and may be challenging for young children and unfit people. Hikers who successfully reach the top are rewarded with an impressive panoramic view of New York. The other trail leads to the bottom of the falls, at which hikers can enjoy wading in the shallow pool and the scenic waterfall views.

Although Bash Bish Falls State Park is a small park, encompassing only 424 acres, neighboring Mount Washington State Forest and Taconic State Park cumulatively add over 9,000 acres of sheer, rugged wilderness. There are over 100 miles of hiking trails that are shared with horseback riders and bikers. A 30-mile section of the mighty Appalachian Trail, which yawns 2,000 miles from Maine to Georgia, passes through Mt. Washington State Forest. Mt. Washington also harbors one of the few groves of old-growth trees that are well over 300 years old.

In autumn, the woods open to hunters. All hikers should take care to wear blaze orange. Horseback riders should, similarly, add blaze orange accouterments to their horses’ tack in addition to themselves. Fishing on one of the many creeks and rivers that runs through all three parks is enjoyed by many. Skilled anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish, including largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, chain pickerel, and yellow perch.

Deep in Massachusetts’ wilderness, photographers and nature lovers will enjoy a bounty of wildlife that roam the woods. White-tailed deer are commonly sighted, swiftly bounding in between the dense trees. Shy black bears, though rarely seen, make their presence known by leaving scat and massive pawprints. Once nearly extinct, bald eagles have made a return to the state. In clearings, hikers frequently can spot eagles accompanied by ospreys and other raptor birds soaring in lazy circles as they scour the rugged mountainside for easy prey.

Camping at Bash Bish Falls State Park

Skip the long drive from a hotel by renting a camper instead. RV camping at state parks means quicker, more convenient access to a nearby hiking trail or fishing hole. Although Bash Bish Falls State Park lacks a campground, there are several options in the area suitable for Airstream camping. Taconic State Park RV campground has 26 sites for adventurers to choose from. Though the facility is light on amenities, it has bathrooms with hot showers, and each site has a fire ring and a picnic table.

Should space runs out, which can happen during the summer months, consider camping in a trailer near Copake, NY. Copake Camping Resort is an award-winning campground that offers several amenities to its guests, like a heated swimming pool, an arcade, a dog park, and a laundry room. It also has weekend planned activities for both children and adults. Campers can choose from one of its 126 sites, all of which have full hookups, WiFi, and cable TV.

Do you fancy RV camping in the Berkshires? The Prospect Lake Park near Great Barrington, MA, has over 1250 sites, all with full hookups, and beautiful lake views. It also includes restrooms with hot showers, laundry, an onsite camp store, and an old-fashioned waterslide.

Exploring the Area

In a remote part of Massachusetts, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking there’s nothing to do but RV camp and hike. In fact, there are several small towns with a variety of attractions and interesting flairs to entice travelers into stopping for a visit. Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA is the home of a famed artist who produced thousands of drawings, paintings, and other artwork. Many of his original works are on display.

Hop into a rental motorhome and join the other adventurers on one of Massachusetts’ scenic byways or go waterfall-hunting. There are several waterfalls in the area that gurgle and gush year-round, and several are a short walk from the road. Great Falls near Canaan, CT, is a wide, but low scenic waterfall topped by an ancient mill that is somehow still standing. Don a bathing suit and experience what it’s like to stand right underneath the waterfall, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

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  • South Taconic Trail-North, NYTaconic State Park, NY
  • Taconic State Park: Copake Falls Area Campground Trail, NYTaconic State Park, NY
  • Guilder Pond and Mount Washington Lookout Trail, NYBash Bish Falls State Park, MA
  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail, NYTaconic State Park, NY
  • Mt. Washington Alander Mountain Trail, NYBash Bish Falls State Park, MA
  • Jug End Road, NYBash Bish Falls State Park, MA
  • Appalachian Trail from Jug End to Bear Mountain, MAGreat Barrington, MA