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Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

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Address
59 Rudd Pond Road
Millerton, NY 12546
Latitude 41.984824
Longitude -73.507247

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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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

 

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

 

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.

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year round, sunrise to sunset, weather and conditions permitting.
  • Swimming:
    Weekends only through Labor Day. 9/7/15 11am - 7pm

  • 2015 Camping Season: 5/22 - 9/6

    Reserve through Reserve America, 1-800-456-CAMP or online at www.ReserveAmerica.com.

    *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
  • Boating: 5/23-9/7. Boat rentals available.
  • Day Use Activities: When in season.
    Hiking, biking, fishing/ice fishing, XC skiing, snowshoeing and playground.
  • Hunting: DEC rules & regs apply.
  • Picnicking: Available year round. Rec Hall available for rental.

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.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Boating
  • Season Permit: $30
    Weekly Permit: $10
    Boat Rental: $7/hr (up to 3 hours); $25/day (24 hour day); $100/week
    Deposit: $25
  • Camping
  • $15-$22/night

    Out of State Surcharge: $5 per night
    Cabins: $25 per week
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $7/car weekends and holidays from 5/23 - 6/19 and daily from 6/20 - 9/7
    Non-Profit Bus: $35
    Commercial bus: $75

    Collected during swimming season only.

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Bezaleel Rudd, who served as an officer in the Continental Army, first settled the Rudd Pond area with his family in the early 1800s. The land remained sparsely inhabited and in 1924 was purchased by the Taconic State Park Commission, which built a bathing house, road, and campsites. In the 1930s, the area's road, trails, and parking lot underwent renovation and expansion by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Rudd Pond has become a popular destination for visitors who enjoy its many outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and boating.

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): 10/1/15 to 11/20/15.

Deer only, late bow: 12/14/15 to 12/22/15.

Deer Only, Crossbow: 11/7/15 to 11/20/15

Deer only, regular season (rifle/shotgun): 11/21/15 to 12/13/15

Deer only, muzzle loading season: 12/14/15 to 12/22/15

Note: Columbia County allows rifles – Dutchess County is shotgun only (Rudd Pond).

Small Game:

Turkey only, archery only until 12 Noon only.

Fall season: 10/17/15 to 10/30/15

Spring season: 5/1/16 to 5/31/16.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites
  • Grills
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting