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Tour 4 - Bash Bish Falls & North-South Lake
(The Berkshire and the Catskill Mountains)


We will start our tour at 7 am in midtown Manhattan, 8th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street on the East side of the Avenue, across the street of 5 Penn Plaza (Google Street address is 460 8th Ave. New York, NY10119. It is written 470 on the building) (Old Duane Reade building, we are not sure what it will be in 2024) DON'T BE LATE! Please come 15 minutes early to sign in.

You will be greeted by your tour guide for the day. You will sign our liability waiver, and after departure a light breakfast will be served on board the van.


We will first drive to the Berkshire Mountains in the state of Massachusetts, here we indulge in a short hike to the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts the Bash Bish Falls




The hike is 0.7-mile roundtrip with an elevation gain of about 300 ft.




This is a picturesque 80-foot twin fall which cascades into a pool with clear water at the bottom of a deep snake shaped gorge. Bash Bish Falls has been a favorite subject of painters and photographers for more than 150 years.




You will have some time to explore the falls and the unique rock formations surrounding it.


From the Berkshire Mountains we will drive to the Catskills Mountains where we will visit North-South Lake, this is the biggest campground in the Catskills offering both extraordinary scenic beauty and historical sites. Photo above is from Sunset Rock which we will hike to in the afternoon. 


We will enjoy a picnic lunch including non alcoholic beverage.



After the lunch you will have several options for spending the rest of the day. You can join a 2-3 hour guided hike where you will experience highlights such as Artist Rock, Lookout Rock and Sunset Rock


Participants of the hike should be in a fairly good shape, a little rock scrambling is involved. Please see the photo above.



One of the viewpoints during the hike.





If you don’t want to hike, you can enjoy your time by the lake beach where you can swim and/or work on your tan.




At the lake you can also for a minimal fee also can enjoy canoeing, kayaking and paddleboats. All the boats are subject to availability. You can also do a 15 minutes' walk to the famous Mountain House Site. If you do choose to join the hike, you will still have some time to enjoy the lake.



We will drive back to NYC.

Arrival back to NYC at approximately 8 pm.



Hines Tours reserves the right to alter the itinerary, plans and arrangements for the tour, if in the judgment of Hines Tours it becomes advisable to do so.




TOUR CONFIRMATION: Either on your phone or printed out.

ID: Please bring a valid government issued identification. (Adults only)

CLOTHES: according to the weather, Upstate NY is usually about 10 degrees cooler than NYC. Bring swim wear and a towel if you want to swim.

BEACH TOWEL / BLANKET: Might make you more comfortable at the lake beach

FOOTWEAR: We will hike in a rocky mountaineer terrain which gets very slippery when wet. Hiking Boots is the ideal or if you do not own hiking boots sneakers with good traction will do as well. Do not wear sandals, dress shoes or high heels for the hike.

RAIN GEAR: Even with no rain in the forecast, we recommend you bring some rain gear.

WATER: In a plastic bottle, especially on hot days. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.


SMALL BACKPACK: or fanny pack for your water, extra clothes, snacks etc. You will need both hands to be free during the hike.

SUN SCREEN/HAT:  Especially on sunny days if you plan on sunbathing by the beach.

CAMERA/PHONE: With extra battery/memory is highly recommended. You will experience breath taking scenery.

CASH: Although our tour is classified as an "all inclusive". It is advisable to bring some cash for snacks and gratuities for the guide which is left to your discretion.

INSURANCE: Even if this is just a day tour, if you are concern about losing money due to illness (including Covid-19) or other unpredictable matters, we highly recommend you buy a travel insurance. We can recommend www.insuremytrip.com or www.squaremouth.com (Hines Tours is not affiliated with either of these sites in any form). We do not give tour refunds or tour credits if you are not able to make the tour for any reasons.


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