Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

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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.

Did You Know?
Rudd Pond has 41 campsites.

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.

Take the virtual tour!

Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the park:

  • 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, Copake Falls area - another area of Taconic State Park to the north with cabins, hiking and more.
  • Village of Millerton - Just a six minute drive from Rudd Pond, experience what BudgetTravel.com calls "One of America's 10 Coolest Small Towns." Millertown features a small cinema, the Harney & Sons Tea Shop, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, numerous antique stores, as well as access to the Dutchess County portion of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.
  • Appalachian Trail - a portion of the AT can be accessed near Taconic State Park


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Dogs are permitted on trails and in campsites 23 through 28. 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, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

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59 Rudd Pond Road
Millerton, NY 12546
Phone: (518) 789-3059
Taconic Region
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