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Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area

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Route 344
Copake Falls, NY 12517
Latitude 42.120987
Longitude -73.519562

Taconic State Park is located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range, sharing a border with Massachusetts and Connecticut. Two developed areas, Copake Falls and Rudd Pond, offer an extensive trail system with terrain that varies from easy to challenging, offering spectacular views.

The extensive campground at Copake Falls has sites to accommodate campers seeking a more rustic experience, as well as those seeking a more "home like" experience. There are 45 tent sites, 25 tent platforms, 36 trailer sites and three cabin areas for a total of 106 campsites and 18 cabins. The trailer sites allow trailers up to 30 feet in length, but do not offer hook up facilities. Centrally located restroom and shower facilities are located in all campsite areas. The cabin areas vary in number of cabins, location and size. The smallest cabins accommodate up to 4 people and the largest 6 people. All cabins have electricity, lights, hot and cold running water, a kitchen with a refrigerator and stove, a dining area, a picnic table, and outdoor camp fire ring with grill. The "Ironworkers" cabins are equipped with private showers and flush toilets; campers in the "Bash Bish" cabins utilize a centrally located shower facility with flush toilets. Some cabins in the Greenwich Cabin Area are wheelchair accessible and offer extra amenities such as a microwave, sofa, shower, dishwasher and cable television hookup.

There are plenty of activities for campers, as well as day visitors to enjoy in the oldest State Park in the Taconic Region. Bike or stroll along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, hike to Bash Bish Falls, just over the Massachusetts border or up Brace Mountain, the highest point in Dutchess County. Stop at the newly created Iron Works museum to learn about the iron industry at the former site of Copake Iron Works, established in 1845. Fresh water fishing enthusiasts will delight in hooking brown trout and other fish in the Bash Bish Brook or rainbow trout in the old iron ore mine pit.

The fun doesn't end in wintertime. There are great trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as 5 miles of snowmobile trails.

In season both deer hunting (rifle/shotgun/bow) and turkey hunting (bow only, until 12 Noon) are permitted. A New York State hunting license is required. Please be aware that Taconic State Park property encompasses land in both Dutchess and Columbia Counties. Please adhere to the appropriate regulations set forth by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the park:

  • Bash Bish Falls - the most dramatic and highest single drop waterfall in Massachusetts
  • Copake Iron Works Museum - established in 1845, iron remained active until 1903.  The charcoal blast furnace, blowing engine house, machine shop, office and powder storage building still remain and are open to the public during the spring, summer and fall seasons
  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail - once a rail line extension of New York City, it is now a picturesque trail with interpretive signs
  • Taconic State Park, Rudd Pond Area - another area of Taconic State Park to the south with a large pond.
  • Appalachian Trail - a portion of the AT can be accessed near Taconic State Park


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Dogs are permitted on trails and in the D loop of campground. Dogs must be attended to and leashed (on a leash not more than 10 feet) at all times. Dogs are not permitted in buildings, picnic and bathing areas, and at any other campground/cabin areas. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Mailing Address
Taconic State Park, Copake Falls
P.O. Box 100Copake Falls, NY 12517

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year round, sunrise to sunset, weather and conditions permitting.
  • 2016 Swimming Season:
    5/28-6/24, Weekends/Holidays only
    6/25-9/5, Daily
    Hours: 11am-7pm

    *Visitors, please note: A swim test is required for children 12 and under to swim in the Copake Ore Pit. An adult must accompany children 10 and under.

  • 2016 Camping Season: 5/6 - 11/27

    Ironworkers & Bash Bish Cabins: 5/6-10/23
    The winterized Greenwich Cabin area, a short drive to local ski resorts, is open year round.

    *Please note within the camping season time frame, some loops/sites may open later or close earlier. For more details, please call the park or visit
  • Day Use Activities: Seasonal.
    Hiking, biking, playground, roller skating, in-line skating, fishing/hunting, XC skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, Nature Center and Iron Works (self-guided.)
  • Hunting: Park Permit Required. DEC rules and regs apply. All Deer seasons; Spring and Fall Turkey seasons, bow until noon only.
  • Picnicking: Year-round. Picnic Pavilion available year-round.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Boat Rentals
  • $7/hr. up to 3 hours
    $25/day (24 hour day)
    Deposit: $25

  • Boating
  • Season Permit: $30
    Weekly Permit: $10
  • Camping & Cabins
  • Campsites: $15-22/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

     daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge 

    $700 weekly/ $175 daily

    -Non-NYS residents $28/week, $7/daily
  • Picnicking
  • $35/day to reserve a picnic shelter
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars: $7
    Non-Profit Bus: $35
    Commercial Bus: $75

    (Swimming season only.)

    Fee Collected:
    5/28 - 6/24, weekends/holidays
    6/25 - 9/5, daily


Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Bear Hunting is NOT permitted.

Obtain Permit (No Cost) from the Park Office to be displayed in vehicle dashboard while hunting. Office hours vary – call ahead.

Big Game:

Deer only, archery season (early bow): 10/1/15 to 11/20/15.

Deer only, late bow: 12/14/15 to 12/22/15.

Deer Only, Crossbow: 11/7/15 to 11/20/15

Deer only, regular season (rifle/shotgun): 11/21/15 to 12/13/15

Deer only, muzzle loading season: 12/14/15 to 12/22/15

Note: Columbia County allows rifles – Dutchess County is shotgun only (Rudd Pond).

Small Game:

Turkey only, archery only until 12 Noon only.

Fall season: 10/17/15 to 10/30/15

Spring season: 5/1/16 to 5/31/16.

Sat 25 Jun
Copake Iron Works Museum's Summer Tours
Saturday, June 25, 2016 until Monday, September 5, 2016 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Visit the expanded Copake Iron Works Museum (33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY) in Taconic State Park, with tours on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 through September 4, 2-4 PM, and on Monday, September 5, from 2-4 PM. On display are a series of iron artifacts, ranging from plow parts to chisels and unknown objects. Each one has been catalogued by the Friends of Taconic State Park's Historic Preservation Committee. In its heyday, a total of 5,000 tons of iron ore were wheeled into Copake Falls each year from surrounding towns such as Pawling and Amenia. Admission is free. For more information visit

Mon 25 Jul
Taconic Learn-to-Swim: Session 3
Monday, July 25, 2016 until Friday, July 29, 2016 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Learn to Swim Program at Taconic State Park-Copake Falls:

Sessions are Monday-Friday 11am-11:45am

Registration: Required
Thu 28 Jul
Friends of Taconic State Park Annual Meeting & Pot Luck Supper
Thursday, July 28, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 966-2730

Join Friends of Taconic State Park for our annual meeting and potluck supper as we celebrate enhancements to the Copake Iron Works Museum exhibit and completion of the Blast Furnace Cornerstone Project. The venue for the evening event is the Copake Iron Works, 33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY. Michael P. Barrett, Executive Director of the Burden Iron Works Museum, is the featured speaker. Dinner begins at 6:00 PM. Guests are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert for the potluck supper; hotdogs and hamburgers will be served. This event, which concludes at 8:30 PM is FREE, but RSVP (518-966-2730 or is required for dinner.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Aug
Birds of Prey & Reptiles Presentation
Thursday, August 18, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

A naturalist from Robinson Wildlife will offer a series of free wildlife presentations at Taconic State Park in 2016, on June 25, July 23 and August 18, featuring birds of prey, and reptiles. Live raptors and and owl, plus various reptiles. Each bird has its own unique adaptations for survival, as do the reptiles, and we discuss their importance in the balance of nature, and with the birds, how man has helped to restore endangered species such as the peregrine falcon. A flight demonstration is given with either a hawk or an owl; there is the opportunity (usually a favorite of young attendees) to hold some of the visiting snakes.

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Did You Know? Taconic State Park opened in 1927 and is the oldest state park in the Taconic region.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Cabins
  • Camper Recreation
  • Campsites
  • Cottages
  • Dumping Stations
  • Grills
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Scenic Views
  • Showers
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites
  • Waterfalls
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Recreation Programs
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing