Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

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Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

New York

(518) 789-3059

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Overview

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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Map of Taconic - Rudd Pond Area (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.979145, -73.508148

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Activities

  • Boating

    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.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is permitted on the trails that wander through the park. The terrain varies, so get ready to get your exercise!

  • Camping

    Rudd Pond has 15 tent 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.

  • Fishing

    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.

  • Hiking

    Terrain in the park varies from easy to challenging, making for exciting hiking trails that offer spectacular views of the countryside.

  • Hunting

    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.

  • Picnicking

    Picnickers are welcome year round with tables, grills, and pavilions. A recreation hall is available for rent for large groups or functions. Day users are also welcome to swim at the beach, bike or hike along the trails, or launch non-motorized boats into the pond.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming beach is open from mid-June through Labor Day, weekends and holidays only. Non-motorized boats are permitted on the lake, as well as fishing.

  • Winter Sports

    In the winter months, visitors to the Rudd Area of Taconic State park can ice skate and fish on the pond, conditions permitting.

Seasonality/Weather

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Park Partners

Friends of Taconic State Park

The mission of the Friends of Taconic State Park is to enhance and strengthen the community by supporting the activities of the Taconic State Park in Copake Falls, New York. Friends of Taconic State Park works to promote recreational, historic, educational and cultural activities of the Taconic State Park, it advocates for the maintenance and improvement of park facilities and programs and raises funds to enable those activities, facilities and programs. In pursuit of that mission, Friends of Taconic State Park seeks to be a voice for the Park by acting as a liaison with governmental bodies, institutions, schools, businesses, regional groups and other organizations of common concern.

Directions

Driving

Located in the town of Millerton in Dutchess County.

Taconic Parkway: Exit at Pine Plains/Red Hook/Route 199. Take Route 199 east for 15 miles to Route 22. Turn left onto Route 22 north. Go 2 miles to Millerton. Turn right onto Route 44 east for ½ mile. Turn left onto Dutchess County Route 62. The park entrance will be 2 miles on the right side.

*Please note that RV's, trailers and commercial traffic are prohibited on the Taconic State Parkway.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(518) 789-3059

Campground reservations

(800) 456-2267

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