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James Baird State Park

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14 Maintenance Lane
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
Latitude 41.688225
Longitude -73.786896

James Baird State Park is situated on farmland once owned by James Baird, a contractor and engineer whose firm constructed the Lincoln Memorial. In 1939, James Baird donated the 590 acres of land to New York State under the stipulation that it be known as James Baird State Park. Work began on the park and golf course in 1940. Construction continued intermittently during World War II and the James Baird State Park Golf Course was officially opened in 1948. Nationally renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones designed a scenic, fairly flat 18-hole golf course on this large tract of farmland in Pleasant Valley. To golfers' delight, the par 5, 13th hole is one of the most challenging in the Hudson Valley. In addition to the golf course, the park now also boasts a driving range, pro shop, clubhouse and a snack bar at the 1st and 10th holes.

James Baird State Park has much to offer. There are spacious open and wooded picnic areas and two picnic pavilions which can accommodate up to 300 people each by reservation. There is a playground as well as a sports complex where visitors enjoy playing basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball. Outdoor enthusiasts will find the seven miles of scenic wooded trails ideal for hiking in the warm months and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the wintertime.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. There is no vehicle use fee to enter the park.

    Reservations and permits are required for groups of 50 or more people and groups arriving by bus.
  • Day Use Activities - Seasonal:
    Playground, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball courts, playing fields, walking/jogging, biking, XC skiing, sledding, in-line skating, geocaching.
  • Food Service: Eighteen by Coppola's 

    Eighteen by Coppola's at James Baird State Park call (845) 454-0418. See the menu.
  • Golf course: Open from April through mid-December (weather permitting
    7 am - sunset, weekdays, 6:30am-sunset, weekends. Last ticket sold 1 hr. before sunset.
    Reservations can be made for weekend and holiday play by calling the reservation line up to 7 days in advance.

    For golf reservations, call (845)473-6200.
  • Picnicking: Available year-round.
    Picnic Pavilion: Seasonal rental available. Full shelter rental only. See Fees & Rates tab for current rental rates.

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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Cart Fees
  • 18 Holes - $26
    9 Holes - $14
    18 Hole Twilight after 5 pm - $20
    9 Hole Twilight after 4 pm - $10
    Single rider 18 Holes - $18
  • Driving Range
  • $5 - Small bucket; $8 - Large bucket
  • Golf - Greens fees
  • WE/holidays: 18 holes - $29; 9 holes - $18
    Weekday: 18 holes - $25; 9 holes $16
    Weekday Sr./Jr. & Juniors after 2 pm on Weekends: 18 holes - $18; 9 holes - $11
  • Hand Carts
  • $2 - 9 holes
    $3 - 18 holes
  • Links cards (10 rounds of golf)
  • $235 weekends; $200 weekdays
  • Pergola for Wedding Ceremonies
  • (Located near Picnic Shelters)


    Planning to get married at Baird? Consider having your reception at the Eagle's Nest on the Green, located within the park. Call the restaurant at (845) 471-8050 to inquire about catering options.

  • Picnic Shelters
  • Shelter 1: Mon-Thurs - $100 / Fri, Sat & Sun - $200
    Shelter 2: Mon-Thurs - $150 / Fri, Sat & Sun - $300
Sun 06 Oct
Walk for Hope
Sunday, October 6, 2019
James Baird State Park
(845) 452-1489

Join us for the 17th Annual Miles of Hope Community Walk for Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 6, at James Baird State Park off the Taconic State Parkway in Pleasant Valley! This is a 5K walk through this beautiful park during peak fall foliage time! Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome!

Register as an individual: Click Here

Or Form a Team: Click Here

For more information, please contact: Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation 845-264-2005

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • Tennis
  • X-Country Skiing