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12517, Copake Falls, NY, campground, cabins, cross country skiing, deer hunting, turkey hunting,  campground, Things To Do at Taconic State Park, Biking, Cabins, Campsites, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Museum, Playgrounds, Winter Activities Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area

  Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area is located on Route 344, Copake Falls, NY 12517 in Columbia County and Dutchess County. The 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. The cabin areas vary in number of cabins, location and size. 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 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.

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Cabins, Campsites, Cottages
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Museum & Visitors Center
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Recreation Programs
Scenic Views

    Winter Activities
    Cross-Country Skiing
    Snowshoeing Trails

The word is Visit these popular attractions in or near Taconic State Park.

  • A portion of the Appalachian Trail runs through Taconic State Park.

  • Bash Bish Falls is the most dramatic and highest single drop waterfall in Massachusetts.

  • Copake Iron Works Museum, established in 1845, remained active until 1903.

  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail is now a picturesque trail with interpretive signs.

  • Visit Taconic State Park, Rudd Pond Area.
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    Hudson's antiques shops, Things To Do at Harrier Hill Park, Bird Watching and Nature Study at Harrier Hill Park, Hiking and walking trails, Winter Activities, Cross county skiing, Stockport-Greenport Trail, birding, Antique shopping, restaurants Hudson Harrier Hill Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

      Harrier Hill Park
    City of Hudson, Columbia County
    Hudson River Valley, New York State

    This beautiful grassland offers splendid long-distance views of the Catskills and the Hudson River. These protected acres in Columbia County include meadows, wooded bluffs and a hay farm, all near the Stockport Flats Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Harrier Hill Park is maintained in cooperation with the Columbia Land Conservancy.

    From Scenic Hudson: "After a morning browsing through Hudson's antiques shops, Harrier Hill offers the perfect counterpoint - nature at its most sublime. The park's location atop an open ridge makes it a standout for savoring vistas immortalized by Frederic Church, Thomas Cole and fellow painters in the Hudson River School. In fact, there's no better place to survey the rugged grandeur of the Catskill Mountains or the lordly river that flows before them. For a real treat, stick around for the sunset. In the park's pavilion, shaped like a corncrib in homage to the land's previous incarnation as a dairy farm, you can escape the sun, but keep your binoculars handy. The surrounding fields, also protected by Scenic Hudson, support a wide variety of birds - including the Northern harrier, the hawk for which the park is named. Grasslands in the valley and elsewhere are vanishing at an alarming rate, eliminating essential bird habitat. Here's one meadow where our feathered friends will always be welcome."

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    A short, universally accessible trail leads from the parking area past a farm pond to the pavilion. The 2-mile Stockport-Greenport Trail, which traverses a dramatic ravine, connects with additional hiking opportunities in the Greenport Conservation Area.

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    After a day of birding, walking, or Antiquing shopping in Hudson, enjoy eating out at one of the excellent restaurants in Hudson in Columbia County, New York.

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    Take a scenic drive through the Hudson Valley of New York. Enjoy beautiful lakes, reservoirs, and mountains throughout the Hudson Valley landscape. See the stunning mountains, valleys, and lakes of the Hudson River Valley. Allow your senses to take-in the natural beauty of the rivers and mountain backdrops; photograph the views.

    If you're visiting or live in New York City, in approximately one hour you can be in Westchester or Rockland County in the most southern part of the Hudson Valley where you can see dine overlooking the Hudson. Find restaurants with waterfront views in Westchester and restaurants with waterfront views in Rockland County.

      Visit the charming shops and villages in the River Towns along the Hudson River. For family fun, visit the playground in Matthiessen Park in Irvington, NY. Young kids and toddlers love the playground and older kids and adults can enjoy the coastline along the Hudson at Matthiessen Park. Picnic tables are available for a wonderful snack or lunch overlooking the Hudson River.

      Visit Cross River Reservoir where you can go boating and fishing in the quiet and serene waters of the reservoir. Don't forget fishing gear for a relaxing day of fishing in the Cross River Reservoir.

    If you're taking a scenic drive through Westchester and are looking for fun things to do to keep the kids happy, plan a family day-trip to one of the beautiful parks along the Hudson River or the Long Island Sound. Go fishing in Westchester, or boating in Westchester, or just relax and picnic at a Westchester County park. On hot days of summer, cool off in one of many swimming pools and beaches available throughout Westchester County.

    Moving up the river, drive along Route 202W/6W and enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson Highlands. Park the car at this scenic view, one mile from the Bear Mountain Bridge, and take in the magnificent views of Bear Mountain.

      Continue driving north until you reach the charming Village of Cold Spring. Spend a day in the historic Village of Cold Spring. In 1973, the Village of Cold Spring, New York was designated a Federal Historic District, and tourists have been visiting Cold Spring’s historic sites, shops, restaurants and hiking trails since.
    Driving further north, up the river, visit Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. This 14,086-acre park, covering Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts
    and on the hot days of summer, you can go swimming at Fahnestock beach.

      Fun things to do in the winter with the family in Putnam, NY, include visiting Fahnestock Winter Park. Bundle up and go sledding and snowboarding at Fahnestock Winter Park in Putnam and Dutchess counties.

    Driving further north in Putnam you'll enter Dutchess County. Dutchess offers many scenic spots, including,

    • Beacon Point, the future home of a cutting-edge "Green" hotel/conference center.

    • Madam Brett Park.
    • This 12-acre park in Beacon connects to the "Beacon Shoreline Trail" providing a link between Dennings Point, Long Dock Beacon and the Beacon train station. Madam Brett Park is an urban oasis along the Fishkill Creek in Beacon featuring tranquil trails and a waterfall.

    • Shaupeneak Ridge , offering great hiking and mountain biking, is a 570-acre park that can be used by educators as an outdoor classroom.

    • Poets' Walk, a 120-acre park nestled in the region's famous National Historic Landmark District. Poets' Walk offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and Catskill Mountains. A visit to this property by Washington Irving is said to have inspired his classic story "Rip Van Winkle".
    North of Dutchess County is Columbia County, home to Lake Taghkanic State Park. Lake Tahkanic Park was named one of the Top 100 Campgrounds in the nation. The park is nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia, New York. Columbia is also home to many local farms, CSA farms, and pick-your-own farms. While picking organic produce in Columbia County, look up at the very beautiful views and rolling hills all around you.

    In autumn, the backdrop of breathtaking fall colors enhances hiking, biking, and walking in the parks of the Hudson River Valley. Explore scenic parks offering activities and attractions for the whole family. While taking a scenic drive through the Hudson Valley, visit parks, nature preserves, hiking trails, biking trails, and more; all very beautiful and abundant in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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