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If you're looking for a hidden treat head toward New Marlborough, Ma where you will find the Umpachene River, really a stream, and a tributary of the Housatonic River. The river rises from Harmon Pond and various wetlands, and flows generally westward to join the Konkapot River. A waterfall at their confluence, Umpachene Falls, is the site of a small park with a swimming hole and parking, Beyond that are the falls.
After you park your car (or bicycle) go by the swimming hole and walk toward the falls. You'll be amazed. There are trails to walk and rocks to sit on. Depending on the strength of the falls you might be able to go in the water, but the best, we think, is to find a rock to sit on, spread out a towel, take out your picnic lunch and enjoy one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots in the Berkshires.
We think Umpachene Falls is one of the Best of the Berkshires.
In Hartsville on RT 57 there is a sign that says "Mill River 5 miles". Take this road (Hartsville Mill River Rd., might be unsigned) to the south to the town of Mill River *. In Mill River, DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE over the river but continue on the east side of the river) down this road for another 1.3 miles. At 1.3 miles, see a concrete post street sign that says "Umpachene Falls" Follow this little road to the parking area and walk to the falls.
*In Mill River there is a great pit stop, the Mill River Store, where you can get a snack, newspapers, etc. and a Post Office.
For more to do and see outdoors in the Berkshires click on the names of the towns above.