Take a short trail from the parking lot to the beautiful, cascading Waconah Falls and enjoy views of the rocky waterfall face and deep pool of water below. Bring a picnic lunch in the summer and enjoy a cool dip below the falls. In the winter, strap on snowshoes and take a short 1 mile loop through deep evergreen forest along the brooks edge. In spring enjoy the roaring cascades as winter melt makes it way down the mountains above. Fall brings many colors agianst the green evergreen backdrop. Search for remnants of old cellar holes from talc mines once active at this site. This short hike is a four season wonder to add to your Berkshire hiking checklist!
From the East/I-91: Take Exit 19 in Northampton and follow MA Rte. 9 west for 30.5 miles to North Street/Wahconah Falls Road. Look for brown lead-in signs. Turn left and follow 0.5 mile (becomes unpaved) to park entrance on the right.
From the East and West/MassPike (I-90): Take exit 2 in Lee. Follow Rte. 20 west to Rte. 7 north for 11 miles to downtown Pittsfield. At Park Square rotary follow East Street for 3.25 miles (East St. becomes Merrill Road after 1.5 miles) to intersection with MA Rte. 9 east, and keep right. Turn right onto Rte. 9 east and follow for 4.6 miles through downtown Dalton to intersection with MA Rte. 8A. Turn left and continue to follow Rte. 9 east /Rte. 8A north/North Street for 2.6 miles to North Street/Wahconah Falls Road. Look for brown lead-in signs. Turn right and follow for 0.5 mile (becomes unpaved) to park entrance on the right.
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