Scenic views of the heart of the Berkshire Mountains are best in autumn. Wahconah Falls State Park is a prime location to witness this visual treat. It was created and named with Wahconah Falls within its boundaries. The park is east of Dalton off route 9 in the center of the Western Massachusetts Berkshires.
Wahconah Falls is a scenic waterfall. The falls have four distinct plunges, with the first fall its main attraction. It drops 40 feet into a deep pool, with rocks bordering the area below the falls. With intense flow during spring runoff a thundering cascade is produced. Upstream 200 feet is a shallow falls with a 10-foot drop. There is a ½ mile loop trail of moderate difficulty that travels through open woods and upper sections of the falls.
The park is open free of charge all year from sunrise to dusk. The park has fishing, hiking trails, and picnicking. Fires are permitted using provided picnic grills. Pets are welcome if leashed and attended with proof of Rabies vaccination. Trash must be removed with a carry-in/carry out policy, pets cleaned up after. Alcoholic beverages and swimming is prohibited due to existing dangerous conditions.
Windsor is a town of 875 population, first settled in 1767 by settlers emigrating from Windsor Connecticut. The town is on flat terrain near Westfield River, bordering several wildlife management areas. It is at the junction of route 9 and route 8A, with Interstate 90 ten miles to its south.
Dalton populated by 6,756 inhabitants is five miles northeast of Pittsfield, and 140 miles west of Boston. It was first settled in 1755 as a rural/industrial community with mills along the east branch of the Housatonic River.
Pittsfield is the principle city in the county with a population of 44,737. It is the third largest municipality in Western Massachusetts. Farmers Insurance ranked it “The 20th Most Secure Place To Live” in 2005. Its location is at the junction of route 7 and route 20, with the Berkshires to the east and west the Taconic Range. The east and west branches of Housatonic River join in the city and flow 149 miles south toward Long Island Sound.
Pittsfield State Forest is a park of 11,000 acres providing a wide range of recreational activities. There is camping, hiking trails, picnicking areas, and swimming beaches. Within the state forest Berry Pond is the highest body of water in the state.
Wahconah Falls State Park is a 4.5 hour drive of 270 miles from Rochester NY. First drive east on I-90 past Albany to Troy. Drive route 20 to Pittsfield then route 9 to Wahconah Falls State Park.
Here’s a comment to consider before you make your drive.
“Gorgeous small waterfall and hiking rocks/trails. The Wahconah Falls Park is worth the trip.”