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Local swimming hole #6

Stockbridge Quarry

Stockbridge quarry

Driving directions from the store at 5 corners to a place to park linked below  Cool video here.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=MA-43%2FWater+St&daddr=E+Alford+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FbCsiwId9wuj-w%3BFQ17hQIdW0ug-w&mra=ls&sll=42.302262,-73.383136&sspn=0.014283,0.020642&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=10

Directions for the approach/ walking after you park:  “Take 41 South a little farther until you see East Alford Road on your right hand side. Take right, follow that street past the bridge, and after you bend to the left, you will see some space on the left side of the road for parking.

  Park there, then backtrack on foot back over the bridge and you will see a path. Take that path for about 10 minutes until you come to a sort of opening where you will see a place to turn left or go straight; turn left. You will have to cross two streams, but once you climb up from the second, you will see an amazing 150 foot high wall of white rock. Once you get a little higher over the hill, you will see the quarry…it is impossible to miss.”

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#1 Comment By 1980 On August 1, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

Haven’t been here but Bish Bash falls a little further south is also worth a visit.

#2 Comment By PTC On August 2, 2009 @ 4:48 am

1980- Cool. Post directions. I’ll check it out sometime.

We are starting to push the range a little. I’d like to keep these places within an hour…

#3 Comment By ’10 On August 2, 2009 @ 5:12 am

Don’t know if you’ve mentioned this one yet, but the Cascades is a great waterfall/swimming hole just outside of Williamstown.

#4 Comment By PTC On August 2, 2009 @ 8:30 am

10′ I have not seen this one. Thanks. We will put it in the mix… #7.

Can you post a description of the pools of water… how many, how deep?

Keep them coming. The more places we can put on the net for people to check out, including me, the better.

I love this.

#5 Comment By ’10 On August 2, 2009 @ 10:39 am

There’s really only one swimming hole there as far as I know, which is right underneath the waterfall. It’s not too deep (maybe four feet at the most) and a little rocky, so you can’t really do much actual swimming, but it’s fun to splash around in. The waterfall can be quite impressive when the water level is high, and there are a couple of spots where you can climb inside of it and sit with the water crashing down all around you. It’s nice on a summer’s day if you want something more exciting than the Green River but don’t want to go too far out of town.

Also, the hike is quite short, relatively flat, and pretty because it basically follows the stream the entire way.

#6 Comment By 1980 On August 2, 2009 @ 11:41 am

Here’s a link with directions to Bish Bash falls (photo too). I used to stop here with my kids after I picked them up at their summer camp in the Berkshires. http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/bash.htm

#7 Comment By 1980 On August 2, 2009 @ 11:50 am

Hmmm in the google search I just did to get the directions to Bish Bash falls, beyond discovering that the correct name is Bash Bish falls, numerous articles stress no swimming. That’s too bad – around 7 to 8 yrs ago we did swim there. It’s a very pretty sight and there’s a nice short hike, but I don’t want to lead anyone astray about the ability to swim there these days!

#8 Comment By Parent ’12 On August 2, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

Thank you for both the Bash Bish & North Adams area waterfall links.

Access to both sound extremely do-able, even for those challenged by the outdoors.

#9 Comment By PTC On August 3, 2009 @ 12:46 am

1980- Why no swimming? Tresspassing or water quality?

#10 Comment By 1980 On August 3, 2009 @ 7:18 am

PTC, it appears to be for safety reasons. The water isn’t all that deep under the falls and there are tons of rocks/boulders – they probably don’t want anyone diving in. We enjoyed swimming there though, and there were others swimming as well.