Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

59 Rudd Pond Road

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. Comfort stations 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 swimming, picnicking, hiking, and biking. Families and individuals alike will enjoy boating on the scenic 64 acre pond. Motorized boating is not permitted, however, 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. 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 both deer hunting (shotgun/bow) and turkey hunting (bow only, until 12 noon) are permitted in designated areas. A New York State hunting license is required. Please be aware that Taconic State Park property encompasses land in both Dutchess and Columbia Counties. Please adhere to the appropriate regulations set forth by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Amenities and Activities:

Our parks and historic sites have countless amenities and activities to make your visit fun and enjoyable. Accessible indicates that, to the extent practicable, this facility or activity meets the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards. It is strongly recommended that you contact the facility in advance for a full description of what you can expect.

  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites
  • Empire Passport Accepted
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites



danielle barry-gass

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Just came back from a wonderful weekend at Rudd Pond. The tent platforms were nice, complete with fire pit and picnic tables. Bathrooms were to be expected with the amount of people using them. Showers are free and very clean. The swimming area is small but nice to cool off in and great for those wrangling small kids. Fishing by permit (we saw quite a few people catching fairly good size fish) and canoes/kayaks for rent. The hiking trails are great- don’t seem frequently used. The loop that the office has maps for is in need of some maintenance but is a lovely hike overall. We went all the way up to the Harlem Valley Overlook and it was breath taking. Staff was wonderful. Dogs are welcome (bring rabies tag #) and must be kept on leash and away from swim and picnic areas. Great weekend getaway. Kids are already asking to go back.

Kevin Urbano

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Amazing place to go in the summer, camping, picnic, hiking, and so much more to do. Great for a family weekend!


Thursday, June 28, 2018
Malaria test site Have never seen so many mosiqutos in my life at state park. Grounds are nice, more than half the campsites have a large wood deck to set up a tent. Bathrooms are low point. One bathroom facility and one shower facility for campsite. Men's room I believe had one urinal and two stalls, one being out of order. Full of mosquitos day and night, I suggest a thourough dousing with 100% deet before using facilities. Shower stalls = 2, warm water, again mosquitos.

Cassandra Davis

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
Rudd pond is beautiful BUT some not all staff were very rude. I can say two-three members were very kind and should not be apart of that group. There were a few things I was not pleased with. They emailed us 8 days before our stay to let us know they closed the lake for swimming by that time there was no open campsite at the sister location. Also the rules were very strict. Spoke with a few of the other groups staying in other campsites and they said the same thing ( they also were not bothered by our group). There were a lot of different types of biting bugs but i only had 2 mosquito bites. The others bites were just painful without any red itchy marks. The shower house was clean and so were the bathrooms. There was no toilet paper one night and it was unfortunate to walk all the way back to our camp site for some. Our family made the best of this getaway but did not feel welcomed by ta male employees, we felt harassed every hour. Twice the employee came to our campsite at 5pm and 6pm to tell us we need to keep it down at quiet time; quiet time was at 10pm. Its great that they patrol the grounds to make sure its secure but the trucks do get annoying going by. The row boat was great and the pond was calm. The stars were beautiful at night if you can go into an open field, I actually saw a shooting star. Also the picnic area was well equipped with tables, grill and a playground near by. I don't think I would come back here. Maybe I'll try their sister location because most of the campsites are on a hill. They have platform for the tent but I'm very clumsy. I sat on a hill in a lawn chair trying to warm up by the campfire I caused myself to fall one(maybe twice lol). I would suggest they repave some of the roads to prevent smaller cars from putting a hole in the muffler.

katrina lin

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The staff members are very nice however I rated this camping ground one star due to the excruciating experience because of all the wild mosquitoes and bugs. Camping platforms were too crowded next to each other. In the woman's bathrooms there were only two shower heads in the whole facility for the campers to use. Bathroom floors were so muddy and dirty due to overcrowding campers packed into a small area. They were also infested with bugs and again... so many mosquitoes. Like i understand its in the woods and there should naturally be bugs but yo these bugs were crazy infested in that area. There should be more cleaner shower rooms because not gunna lie it was such an understandably bad time. Also the grass areas may be inflicted with poison ivy as many of my friends and I have gotten rashes and reactions similar to poison ivy induced symptoms. Slopes of the grass areas also made this trip very disappointing because of the sudden jutted angled directions of land. I've been camping in other areas before and it has never been this bad, I wish I could say more positive and nicer things but honestly this camping area needs a make over.