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Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area

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Address
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 Copake Iron Works Museum to learn about the iron industry at the former site of Copake Iron Works, established in 1845. Copake Falls offers swimming opportunities at a designated swimming area with a dock in Ore Pit Pond and at the adjacent kiddie pool. The small but deep Ore Pit Pond is a popular destination due to its excellent water quality. Swimming is permitted when lifeguards are on duty-- floatation devices are not allowed. 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.

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

 

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

 

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 http://www.newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com.
  • Day Use Activities: Seasonal.
    Hiking, biking, swimming, playground, roller skating, in-line skating, fishing/hunting, XC skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, Nature Center and the Copake Iron Works Heritage Trail (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.

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.

  • Boat Rentals
  • $7/hr. up to 3 hours
    $25/day (24 hour day)
    $100/week
    Deposit: $25

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

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

    Cabin:
     $518-$596/week
     daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge 

    Cottages:
    $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

Copake Iron Works Museum's Summer Tours

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 http://www.friendsoftsp.org.

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): 10/1/16 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): 11/19/15 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).

Small Game:

Turkey only, archery only until 12 Noon only.

Fall season: 10/17/16 to 10/28/16

Spring season: 5/1/17 to 5/31/17.

Sat 06 May
Bird Walk with Will Yandik
Saturday, May 6, 2017 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Join bird authority Will Yandik and the Friends of Taconic State Park on an informative walk to hone your skills at identifying birds by sight, sound and behavior. Registration is required at https://maybirdwalk.eventbrite.com. $10.00 + $1.54 Fee. Registrants will be sent location information of where the walk starts.

Registration: Required
Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

PROJECT #1
Project/Event Description: Sweep off camping platforms- great for the little ones!
Meeting Location: Park Office. Appropriate for children 12 and under

PROJECT #2
Project/Event Description:Clean leaves off of Day Use Area chain link fencing
Meeting Location: Park Office. Appropriate for 13 and up

PROJECT #3
Project/Event Description: Stain Fencing at Ore Pit Walkway
Meeting Location: Park Office. Appropriate for 13 and up

Register: http://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day

Registration: Required
Sat 13 May
Wildflower Walk with Naturalist Carol Gracie
Saturday, May 13, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Join Carol Gracie author of Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast on a walk along the Iron Works Trail in Taconic State Park to learn about the histories, lore and cultural uses of many spring-blooming wildflower species. Registration required at https://maywildflowers.eventbrite.com. $10.00 + $1.54 Fee. We will meet in the parking area of the Historic Copake Iron Works (33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY 12517).

Registration: Required
Sat 27 May
Family Fun at the Furnace
Saturday, May 27, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

"Family Fun at the Furnace," a re-enactment of the life of a 19th century iron worker at the Copake Iron Works hosted by master storyteller Tom Lee. A hands-on demonstration of sand casting and an opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work will round out that day's program. We will meet in the parking area of the Historic Copake Iron Works (33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY 12517).

Sat 27 May
Copake Iron Works Museum Guided Tours Begin
Saturday, May 27, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
(518) 329-3993

Visit one of the most intact examples of 19th century industrial ironmaking in the northeast. Guided tours are available every Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (or by appointment) from May 27 to mid-November. Historic Copake Iron Works (33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY 12517). Self-guided tours of the Iron Works Heritage Trail can be enjoyed every day, year-round. Download a trail map at www.FriendsofTSP.org (scroll to the bottom of the page for link).

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Did You Know? The Copake Falls Area has 106 campsites and 18 cabins. The Greenwich Cabins are open year-round.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Cabins
  • Camper Recreation
  • Campsites
  • Cottages
  • Dumping Stations
  • Grills
  • Museum/Visitors Center * Copake Iron Works Museum and Heritage Trail
  • 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