Bear Hole Reservoir Waterfall

West Springfield, Massachusetts
The Bear Hole Reservoir Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The waterfall drops about 25 feet.
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The Bear Hole Reservoir Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The waterfall has a total drop of about 25 feet and it can be found along the Paucatuck Brook which flows into the reservoir. Paucatuck Brook flows strongest during the springtime when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although it is best to explore the waterfall in the spring, the Bear Hole Reservoir Waterfall is a great spot to visit year-round.

The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of cascades and slides. Photographers often enjoy taking long-exposure photos of the waterfall, so tripods are recommended for those who have them. It is also a very photogenic waterfall considering visitors can easily access the base of the falls and see the true scale of the water drops.

Accessing the waterfall is relatively easy. The waterfall is located in the Bear Hole Reservoir Park which features a well-marked trail system around the reservoir. Visitors can park at the trailhead located along Bear Hole Road and then hike the Bear Hole Reservoir Trail to the falls. The hike to the falls is about a half mile one-way from the trailhead. The waterfall trail is family-friendly and a great way to get some hiking in. Dogs are also allowed on the trail but are not allowed in the water. The waterfall is truly a hidden gem that few people know about. This means that you can often visit on weekends without fearing a crowd of others.

Don’t miss out on visiting this stunning Massachusetts waterfall.


Address: Bear Hole Road, West Springfield, Massachusetts
Place GPS Coordinates: 42.135256, -72.680345
Parking GPS Coordinates: 42.135256, -72.680345
Parking Notes: Parking for the Bear Hole Reservoir and the waterfall is located at the end of Bear Hole Road in West Springfield. Parking is free.

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