Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
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.
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. There are 45 tent sites, 25 tent platforms, 36 trailer sites and three cabin areas for a total of 106 campsites and 18 cabins. The trailer sites allow trailers up to 30 feet in length, but do not offer hook up facilities. Centrally located restroom and shower facilities are located in all campsite areas. The cabin areas vary in number of cabins, location and size.
Went camping here in October. Saturday night was very crowded and most of the sites closest to the entrance are really close together. There's a Depot by the entrance where you can grab firewood and snacks/drinks. Plenty of Chipmunks and red squirrels, and a pleasant 20 minute walk to Bash Bish falls right off the campsite. Bathroom facilities were sufficiently clean (even though it was closed between 10a and 11:30a) and the hot showers were not bad at all. Had a really enjoyable experience but this isn't anything close to reclusive camping.
Simply Beautiful park with walking trail up to Bash Bish Falls. You can bring a dog as long as they are on leash. We also dipped in the Stream on a hot day which was extremely refreshing. Beware the water is very cold probably 55 to 60 degrees. There is an area that you can have a picnic and there is ample parking. There is also a picnic area at the end of the trail near the waterfall. There is access from both New York and Massachusetts with the Massachusetts entrance being closer to the falls.
I camped at the rudd pond area, which was a bit crowded but that was expected for labor day weekend. It was a nice area with bathrooms nearby. The campsites are pretty close so it's not such a wilderness feel, but the lake is beautiful and has kayak, canoe and rowboat rentals for $7 an hour during the summer season. The boat rental closed after the labor day weekend I was there.
Easy, ridge line hikes with splendid views. Bash Bish falls is magnificent any time of year, and the surrounding area is bucolic, working farmland
Beautiful walk to the Bashbish Falls. Short walk from the parking lot.