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.
Rudd Pond has 15 tent sites and 26 tent platform sites, each providing campers with grand views of the ridge, pond, and nearby countryside. Each campsite has a picnic table and a camp fire ring and grill. Comfort stations and a hot water shower house are conveniently located in the campground. Campers or day visitors to the Rudd Pond area can participate in a wide variety of activities including swimming, picnicking, hiking, and biking. Families and individuals alike will enjoy boating on the scenic 64 acre pond. Motorized boating is not permitted, however, rowboats and canoes are available for rental from the park. Visitors who possess regional boating permits (available for purchase at the Park Office) are also welcome to launch their own rowboats, canoes, or kayaks. A variety of fish, including bass, sunfish and pickerel, inhabit the pond and fishing is permitted with a New York State Freshwater Fishing License. Licenses are available for purchase from nearby locations in town. In the winter months, visitors can ice skate and fish on the pond, conditions permitting.
In season both deer hunting (shotgun/bow) and turkey hunting (bow only, until 12 noon) are permitted in designated areas. 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.
*Note: Swimming will be available in the northern part of the park in the Copake Falls area.
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Appalachian Trail - a portion of the AT can be accessed near Taconic State Park
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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 swimming areas, and at any other campsites. For campers, there is a two-pet maximum.
Weekends only through Labor Day. 9/5/16 11am - 7pm
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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
Bezaleel Rudd, who served as an officer in the Continental Army, first settled the Rudd Pond area with his family in the early 1800s. The land remained sparsely inhabited and in 1924 was purchased by the Taconic State Park Commission, which built a bathing house, road, and campsites. In the 1930s, the area's road, trails, and parking lot underwent renovation and expansion by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Rudd Pond has become a popular destination for visitors who enjoy its many outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and boating.
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.
Deer only, archery season (early bow): 10/1/16 to 11/18/16.
Deer only, late bow: 12/12/16 to 12/20/16.
Deer Only, Crossbow: 11/5/16 to 11/18/16
Deer only, regular season (rifle/shotgun): 11/19/16 to 12/11/16
Deer only, muzzle loading season: 12/12/16 to 12/20/16
Note: Columbia County allows rifles – Dutchess County is shotgun only (Rudd Pond).
Turkey only, archery only until 12 Noon only.
Fall season: 10/15/16 to 10/28/16
Spring season: 5/1/17 to 5/31/17.