Race Brook Falls

Race Brook Falls, Sheffield: Address, Race Brook Falls Reviews: 5/5

Race Brook Falls
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bbbob84
Staten Island, NY1,629 contributions
The parking area is very small and can hold less than a dozen vehicles. If the parking lot is full hikers often park on the side of the road against the trees. I don't know how this hike is rated, but I would call it moderate. Since it was Springtime and everything was flowing we had a considerable stream to cross at the beginning of our hike. My wife dipped one shoe in on the way in and I one shoe on the way out. Bring dry shoes and socks. The hike has a considerable grade. We took the lower falls hike which is shorter, but offers great views. There were a lot of wet leaves, which can be slippery, and the path is rugged. Towards the end we had to cross more flowing water and traverse downed trees to get to the falls. Worth the hike and visit. Equally as challenging going downhill with the slippery leaves on this day. Use a hiking stick if you can. Bring hydration. Enjoy nature.
Written April 2, 2021
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Flintstone1234
Simsbury, CT188 contributions
This is a beautiful hike that includes two awesome waterfalls. There is a tiny parking lot that holds approx. 10 cars. It is at 716 S. Undermountain Rd; Sheffield, MA. The trail starts with an easy 0.2 mile walk from the parking lot to a fork. To the right of the fork is a fairly steep 0.3 mile hike to the "first falls". The last 0.1 mile gets a little confusing since some trees are down. Just keep going in approximately the same direction (or aim for the sound of the waterfall). It's a beautiful view of the waterfall from the bottom, or one can go a bit farther and climb some very difficult boulders to go higher. Starting back at the fork 0.2 miles from the parking lot, the left trail goes to the "upper falls". It is approx. 1.0 miles from the fork to the falls. It is a steep, bumpy hike, crossing the river a few times. After the first river crossing the trail makes a "U" turn to the left immediately after the crossing. After reaching the falls, one can continue approx. 0.5 miles to the campsite, then another 0.2 miles to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail (AT). It's a total of approx. 1.9 miles from the AT to the parking lot.
Written September 4, 2020
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David H
Aurora, Ontario, Canada36 contributions
The falls really are spectacular. The problem is you can easily walk to the bottom of the lower falls but to move higher you either have to walk back to the main trail or do a traverse to the side to go around the cliff. Then there is a 2nd fall that the trail to the upper falls does even touch. This traverse is difficult. It is a very steep hill climb. The trail does go to the top 3rd falls. All three are really good to see
Written June 15, 2022
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AvidTraveller046
Massachusetts, USA108 contributions
Couples
The most famous waterfall in the Berkshires is Bash Bish falls on the Mass/NY border. This is a well-developed site where you park, walk up a graded trail, and look at the waterfall from behind a sturdy railing.

Race Brook Falls are quite the opposite. These are a series of three major waterfalls that require a hike of 1-3 hours (round trip) depending how many of the three you want to see. Once you get to the falls, there are no railings - be careful not to fall in! More solitude than at Bash Bish (although you will meet quite a few hikers).

The trailhead is on MA Route 41 a couple miles south of the Berkshire School. Look for a turnout that looks like a picnic area, park and follow the signs. You quickly come to a fork in the trail. Right takes you on a shorter trip to the bottom of the last falls; left takes you all the way to the top of the series.

Try to visit in spring or after a good rain for maximum water over the falls.
Written April 27, 2015
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PeeWee42
US17 contributions
Solo
When I was an avid hiker, this was one of my favorite trails. The beauty, the silence, and the challenge made it a wonderful several hours with my intrepid hiking partner of many years, my adventurous standard schnauzer. It starts out from the parking area crossing a stream and skirting the edge of a lovely, wildflower filled field. Then it enters deep woods and eventually you cross another bit of cascading water before starting a pretty steep ascent along the other side of the waterfall, passing various pools along the way. It's along this hike that I saw my first Painted Trillium, a queen of spring wildflowers. (It's been some years since I hiked this trail, as I'm now too old to try it, but my happy memories of going there dozens of times remain.) Highly recommend it for the young and fit - along with their two- or four-legged companions!
Written August 9, 2017
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Andrew F
North Reading, MA3 contributions
Friends
My group of 50 somethings did our fair share of sweating and swatting mosquitoes on this humid August day, but it was all worth it. Several successive waterfalls each a gem on their own.
Written August 6, 2017
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demuslee
157 contributions
Couples
After doing the Bash Bish falls ... we were looking for another similar experience. This was more of a hike with a trail to find and follow. Like all trails you have to be concious about the path and signage. The trail was beautiful crossing little water streams to get to the majestic falls. We did the easier lower falls because of time. The falls were beautiful with a large fall at the end which leads to several small water rock falls.

I would recommend hiking shoes as the terrain is muddy and there are sharp rocks that could hurt your feet if not properly equipped. The entire walk was only 1 mile round trip and was very enjoyable.
Written October 30, 2018
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Travelingover50
Sandwich, MA1,092 contributions
Couples
This was waterfall number six on our tour. We were not disappointed! You have to hike in ... but, so spectacular! The trails are well marked for hiking too!
Written June 27, 2017
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Aaron W
5 contributions
Solo
I went to the top of the falls today and it was well with it. The falls are absolutely beautiful. I went on a Wednesday so I was lucky and only saw one other group on the way up. I had the entire place to myself for about an hour and a half.

The climb up is pretty strenuous. There is nothing technical about it and the trail is well marked but it is steep enough that you're climbing on the balls of your feet for about half of it. My legs were burning and I was panting about 3/4 of the way up but it was well worth it. I made it from the parking area on Hwy 41 to the upper falls, which I believe is around 1 1/2 miles, in 30 mins.
Written May 11, 2016
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Nina P
Boston, MA93 contributions
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This area has both upper and lower falls. While the lower falls are easier to get to, the upper simply cannot be missed! The hike itself was medium difficulty, a few steep spots, but nothing too hard for the 8 month old dog we had with us!
Definitely recommended, will probably return!
Written July 9, 2015
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