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Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

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Harlem Valley Rail Trail Section Closed

The section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail from Under Mountain Road in Ancram to NY-344 in Copake Falls is CLOSED due to construction. The parking lot at Under Mountain Road is also closed during construction. Parking is available at Orphan Farm Road for access north of NY-344, and parking is available in Millerton for portions that will remain open south of Under Mountain Road.


Bash Bish Brook Trail and Bash Bish Falls - Closed

Bash Bish Brook Trail is CLOSED for the renovation of the Bash Bish Falls parking lot and overlook. Access to Bash Bish Falls is not permitted during construction. The .75-mile Bash Bish Brook Trail from Taconic State Park trailhead parking lot on NY-344 to Massachusetts Bash Bish Falls Overlook is CLOSED. Taconic State Park’s trailhead parking lot will remain open for trail access to Cedar Brook and South Taconic trails. Anticipated completion is mid to late June, 2024.

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

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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).

Boating

Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day season and weekly boating permits are avavilable as well as rentals.

Additional Trails

Located nearby, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail is a picturesque paved trail for running, walking and biking. A portion of the Appalachian Trail can be accessed near Taconic State Park.

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. Public restrooms 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 unguarded swimming (designated swimming area), picnicking, hiking, and biking. Families and individuals alike will enjoy boating on the scenic 64 acre pond. 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. Gas motorized boating is not permitted, however a small electric trolling motor can be used. 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 deer and bear hunting (rifle/shotgun/bow), turkey hunting (bow/shotgun), rabbit/hare hunting, squirrel, fox and ruffed grouse hunting are permitted. Small game season begin November 1st. A New York State hunting license is required. Please be aware that Taconic State Park property encompasses land in both Columbia and Dutchess Counties. Please adhere to the appropriate regulations set forth by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The use of handguns are not permitted in any state parks. No youth hunts.

*Note: Guarded swimming will be available in the northern part of the park in the Copake Falls area.


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

 

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).

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year round, sunrise to sunset, weather and conditions permitting.
  • 2024 Swimming: Memorial Day -Labor Day
    8am-6pm (non-guarded)

  • 2024 Camping Season: 5/24 - 9/2

    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: 5/24-9/2. Boat rentals available.

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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Boating
  • Season Permit: $30
    Weekly Permit: $10 (Rudd Pond Only)
    Boat Rental: $10/hr (up to 3 hours); $40/day (24 hour day); $100/week
  • Camping
  • $15-$22/night

    Out of State Surcharge: $5 per night
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $7/car 
    Collected weekends only, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    Bus: $35


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.

Taconic State Park Hunting Map

Obtain Permit (No Cost) from the Park Office to be displayed in vehicle dashboard while hunting. Office hours vary - call ahead.

Big Game:

Deer and Bear archery season (early bow): 10/1 to 11/15.

Deer and Bear late bow: 12/9 to 12/17 & 12/26 to 1/1.

Deer and Bear Crossbow: 11/6 to 11/15

Deer and Bear regular season (rifle/shotgun): 11/16 to 12/28

Deer and Bear muzzle loading season: 12/9 to 12/17

Note: Columbia County allows rifles - Dutchess County is shotgun only (Rudd Pond - DEC Zone 4Z).

Small Game:

No Rabbit Hunting

Turkey, archery and shotgun: Fall season: 10/19 to 11/1 Spring season: 5/1 to 5/31.

Squirrel (Shotgun only): 11/1 to 2/28

Fox (Shotgun only): 10/1 to 2/28

Ruffed grouse (Shotgun only): 10/1 to 2/28

No Rabbit or Hare. No waterfowl. No migratory birds. No reptiles. No amphibians. No youth hunts. No handguns. No target practice.

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Did You Know? There are more than 6 kinds of fish in Rudd Pond.

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers
  • Swimming Beach