We spent the July 4th weekend at Taconic SP. I was a little unsure of what to expect since it was a holiday weekend. The park was basically packed, but for the most part, all quiet hours were observed. I can see how one might feel cramped in the A or B areas, as the sites seem to be a bit closer with less natural separation. However, we stayed in the C loop, which seemed a bit quieter. We are tent campers and not all sites in C seem like a good fit for tent camping...some have a bit of gravel, but ours (#89) was nice. My one complaint about our site is that it was next to the bathroom, so we had a lot of foot traffic do to that.
The Park has several nice trails of varying difficulty. We hiked South Taconic Trail up to Sunset Rock and then took the Cedar Brook Trail back down for a total of about 4.5 miles. A nice hike with good views. We also drove down Rt 22 about 10 minutes and climbed up Brace Mtn. The trail itself is about 1.7 miles one way, but is difficult and has some rock scrambles. The views are nice from the top. We got a pamphlet from the Park booth describing several hikes, including the ones we did. Just a note if you're starting the hike within the park. We started on the yellow trail, which is marked in the pamphlet as between sites D98 and D100, however it actually begins a few sites further up. The Blue Trail starts at D98.
There is a short section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail that starts at the park. Right now it's only about 4 miles of trail. It's nice, but will be even nicer once it has been expanded. We rode the existing trail and found a suggested ride on the web that took us on some of the local county routes. A nice ride and the few cars that passed us gave us lots of space.
In general, this could be a crowded park. It's relatively close to the city, and probably attracts a lot of cityfolk on the weekend. However, we found our fellow campers to be courteous and mostly quiet. There are always a few.....Lots of great trails and a nice area in which do take a longer bike ride. My one complaint about the park is the bathrooms. I grew up camping in state parks all over the east coast. The bathrooms weren't horrible, but I felt like the floors could have used a good hosing down.
- Also Known As:
- Taconic State Park Campgrounds Hotel Copake Falls