Magnitude:

36

 Abs Mag:

49

 Beisel Rating:

3.85 (Class 4)

 Height:

55 feet

 Tallest Drop:

30 feet

 # of Drops:

4

 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Wahconah Falls Brook

 Latitude:

42.4872

 Longitude:

73.1141

 Maps:

USGS Pittsfield East 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

33 A18

 

 

The lowest and tallest drop, click to enlarge

A telephoto isolation of the lower drop, click to enlarge

The natural dam (second drop from the bottom), click to enlarge

The third drop from the bottom, click to enlarge

The third and second drops from the side, click to enlarge

The third drop from the side, click to enlarge

The rocky cascading upper drop, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

 

 

Dalton , Berkshire County, MA , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

 

Details:

There are four individual drops at Wahconah Falls. The first fall is the main attraction. The river drops 30 feet over an angled bank of rocks into a pool. The area below the falls is littered with large irregular chunks of rock. Above the first drop there is a short cascade, then there are two closely spaced falls totalling about 15 feet in height. About 200 feet upstream of these falls is a 10 foot drop into a shallow pool.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

There are several interesting compositions to be had. Take a walk around and familiarize yourself with the area. You'll want a tripod, and a polarizer. The general colors here tend to be a bit warm, so a polarizer might be overkill. The falls face northwest and are in a wooded ravine. Overcast days are best, mornings as well. Focal lengths in the 35-105mm range should suffice.

 

Directions:

Wahconah Falls State Park is located just off Route 9 east of Dalton. The access is obvious, the parking lot is about 400 feet from the falls, I had the place to myself. I couldn't ask for more.