Off Rte. 9/8A, Dalton
(413) 442-8992 (Pittsfield State Forest)
Located in the heart of the Berkshire Hills, Wahconah Falls offers visitors spectacular scenic views anytime of year. Wahconah Falls Brook flows over several smaller tiered falls then cascades about 40 feet into a deep pool. The falls "roar," especially during spring run-off. Relax, picnic or fish in the shade of the northern hardwood-conifer forest, or take a hike on the 0.5 mile loop trail (moderate difficulty) through open woods and along upper portions of the falls.
Things to know before you go...
- The park is open from sunrise to dusk, year-round. Access is free.
- Picnicking is permitted. Fires are allowed only within the designated picnic grills. Please carry-in and carry out all belongings and trash.
- Pets are permitted. Must be on a 10-foot maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current Rabies vaccine. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.
- Universal Access: a smooth, graded path leads down from the parking area to the picnic area and view of the falls.
- Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, Swimming is not permitted; dangerous conditions exist.
Wahconah Falls State Park is located in the central Berkshires in western Massachusetts.
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.