Mount Washington is a small town in the Berkshire Hills region of Massachusetts. It is at the southwest corner of the state, the only Massachusetts town to border both New York and Connecticut. It is somewhat isolated and has a cluster of state parks with beautiful scenery.
Interstate 90 (Mass. Turnpike) Exit 2 in Lee. Route 102 west for 4.7 miles to Stockbridge. Turn left and take Route 7 south for 7.7 miles through Great Barrington. Turn right and follow Route 23 west for 4.9 miles to South Egremont. Turn left onto Route 41 south, then take immediate right onto Mount Washington Road. Continue for 8.8 miles (becomes East St.).
Mount Washington State Forest, 3 East Street, Phone: +1 413 528-0330, . Year-round sunrise to sunset. Offers 30 miles of trails over 4,169 acres of rugged terrain. Hike the South Taconic Trail to the top of Alander Mountain for excellent vistas. Or follow the Appalachian Trail along the ridgeline and through Sage's Ravine.
Bash Bish Falls State Park, Falls Road, Phone: +1 413 528-0330. Perhaps the state's most dramatic waterfall. The falls cascade through a series of gorges, and then drop 60 feet into a sparkling pool below. Wilderness camping available year round. Free.
Mount Everett State Reservation, East St., Phone: +1 413 528-0330, . Year-round, sunrise to sunset, but no services are available (carry in, carry out). Seasonal road access and parking is available to the Guilder Pond day-use area (informal picnc area). From there a 3/4 mile path leads to the summit of Mount Everett (2,624-foot elev.), and a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.
Mount Washington State Forest, 3 East Street, Phone: +1 413 528-0330, . Year-round wilderness camping. Motorized off-road vehicles, snowmobiles and alcohol prohibited. First-come, first-served, no fee required. Limit up to 5 people at each site. Leave-no-trace camping ethics are strongly encouraged. Fires are allowed only at the designated pit.