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Taconic Region

Palatial estates, highland trails, Hudson River vistas and woodland campgrounds define some of the exceptional treasures along the east side of the Hudson River.

At Clarence Fahnestock State Park, visitors can camp, enjoy nature, swim and take in the magnificent views from a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Camp at Taconic State Park, cool off at the park's Ore Pit Pond, bike along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and hike the park's extensive trail system including access to scenic Bash Bish Falls.

Campsites, waterfront cottages and a beach attract families to Lake Taghkanic State Park. Be sure to tour the elegant estate of the distinguished Livingston family at Clermont State Historic Site, which offers lovely grounds and Hudson River views. Check out more river views and step back in time by visiting the Gilded Age mansion at Staatsburgh State Historic Site.

Walkers, runners and cyclists are drawn to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.  Featuring the world's longest, elevated pedestrian bridge, the 1.28-mile long walkway soars 212-feet above the water offering breathtaking views.

The carriage paths and quiet meadows of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve charms bird watchers and equestrians alike. Franklin D.Roosevelt State Park is a perfect spot to host a family reunion and then cool off in the pool or play on its ball fields. Nestled in the Westchester countryside is John Jay Homestead, the gracious retirement home and farm of John Jay, a Founding Father, patriot and first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

If you need a little inspiration, try Olana State Historic Site, the Persian-style villa constructed by Hudson River School artist-owner Frederic E. Church. The exotically furnished interior, paintings,grounds, and exquisite views will fill you with a sense of wonder.

At James Baird State Park, play pickelball, tennis or enjoy a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones-designed championship course; or play 18 holes at Mills-Norrie State Park's Dinsmore Golf Course, one of the oldest public courses in the country. At the park's marina, anchor your boat overnight for for the season. For other water sports, try kayaking on the Hudson and on the nearby creeks from paddle centers at either Mills-Norrie or Annsville Creek, part of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve.

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