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“Nice Walk, But Park Needs Some Work”

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Hudson, New York
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice Walk, But Park Needs Some Work”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

I'm trying to visit all of the state parks in Ulster/Duchess/Columbia counties this year, so yesterday James Baird got checked off the list. Signage was negligible- none leading up to the park, and none once we got inside telling us where the hiking trails were. I didn't see any information kiosks, no trail maps to take. Did I miss something? The bathroom nearest to where we parked in a smaller parking lot was locked and full of debris inside. I walked away, shocked and annoyed. I love state parks and we have so wonderful ones here in Ulster, such as Minnewaska. Maybe this park has suffered from budget cuts, as someone else suggested, but overall I was disappointed.
Pros: Beautiful trail (once I found one). The playground/recreation area looked lovely for families. Lots of people were enjoying the fields and barbecues. Easy to find if you're coming from Taconic Parkway.

Visited May 2014
Thank Christy M
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice State Park”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Baird State Park is in the Town of LaGrange in Dutchess County NY. I grew up in LaGrange in the 1950's and early 1960s. Baird Park was a real treat. The park has an 18 hole golf course. Years ago there was a large public swimming pool, tennis courts and roller skating. Also a Ball Field and Pavilions in the woods for special events. As LaGrange kids we were allowed to swim for free on Wednesdays in the summer. We would pack our lunches and ride our bikes 5 miles or so through farm country to spend the day swimming and exploring
the park. It was a real treat. Over time, as the State has run out of money, the park has been scaled back. The pool and skating are gone. There are still other activities available. It is a great place to take a walk along the roads in the park or through the woods..

Visited April 2014
1 Thank RedlegRVN .
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Saugerties, New York
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Times have changed”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

I recently returned to this golf course. It had been a couple of years since I was last here and things have changed. Mostly the decline of this venue can be linked to fiscal cutbacks. A once respectable tract has declined to nearly unacceptable. The greens are barely usable and appear to have stricken with some sort of fungus. The tee box selection has been reduced to two. The other tee boxes are no longer mowed and are sprouting unsightly weeds. The course has adopted a pseudo links look as mowing is confined to essential areas only. Vast waste areas are evident, particularly on par threes. Signage is in disrepair and contributes to a generally rundown appearance. The sad demise of this once fine course is perhaps a sign of the times and reflected in the lack of play. Getting a tee time or walking on, any day of the week, is no problem.

Visited July 2013
Thank Rudder H
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Hopewell Junction, New York, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 June 2013

We decided to have our wedding at James Baird State Park under the beautiful pergola that was built by the boyscouts. Our reception was at the Eagles Nest overlooking the golf course. It turned out so beautiful. And with 130 of our friends and family members, They were so accommodating to all of my requests! Everyone thought the park was clean, beautiful, and cozy. We didn't want a typical cookie cutter wedding and Kathy and Lou made sure to provide us with the unique intimate wedding that we were looking for. We are so happy with the way everything went and recommend this park and restaurant to anyone looking for a once in a lifetime wedding experience.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Kari C
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United States
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Go For A Ride”
Reviewed 11 March 2013

Beautiful ride out there, nice country. Good golf, picnicing, and food at club house is surprisingly really good !

Visited January 2013
2 Thank marrycee
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