Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area

Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
County: Columbia Co
Open: Year-Round
Price: Free - $7 parking
Dog-friendly: Yes, Dogs must be leashed

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.

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.

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.

Features include:

  • Biking
  • Campsites
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Playgrounds
  • Cross country skiing & snowshoeing
  • Swimming Beach
  • Waterfalls

Park is open daily, sunrise to sunset
Swimming Season:
End May – Mid June (Weekends/Holidays)
End June – September (Daily)

$7 parking fee during swimming season only
End May – End June (weekends/holidays)
End June – September (daily)


Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and 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).

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