The Cascade (North Adams)


The Cascade (North Adams) is a beautiful waterfall located in North Adams, Massachusetts. The waterfall has a total height of 45 feet and it can be found along Notch Brook. Notch Brook flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although it is best to explore the waterfall in the spring, The Cascade in North Adams is a great spot to visit year-round. The waterfall itself drops in a beautiful horsetail formation.

Accessing the waterfall is relatively simple, but it does require some hiking. The waterfall is located in a park called The Cascades which features a well-marked trail. Visitors must park at the Berkshire Family YMCA and begin the walk to the falls from there. From the YMCA, walk down Pershing Street and take a right on Marion Avenue. The Cascades Trail begins at the end of Madison Avenue. In total, the trail is 2.2 miles out-and-back and features 275 ft of elevation gain. 

This is a wonderful family-friendly waterfall to explore. Dogs are also welcome on the trail and at the waterfall. It is definitely a 5-star waterfall to visit during the spring!

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Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 45 feet
  • Type: Horsetail¬†
  • Water Source: Notch Brook
  • Swimming: Not possible and not allowed


  • Park: None
  • Address: Brickyard Ct
  • Town: North Adams
  • State: Massachusetts
  • GPS: 42.684912, -73.131262
  • Parking Notes: Visitors of The Cascade in North Adams must park at the Berkshire Family YMCA. Although the Cascades Trail begins at the end of Madison Avenue, no parking allowed there. Park at the YMCA and then walk to the trailhead.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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