Taconic State Park: Rudd Pond
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids New York City (AMC Books)
Address:59 Rudd Pond Road, Millerton, NY
Hours:Subject to change, so call ahead. Beach: 11 A.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and holidays, late May to mid-August
Fee: $7 per vehicle (free with an Empire Passport)
Bathrooms: In front of the pond near the parking lot
Water/Snacks: None

USGS Millerton

Rudd Pond is a good site for introducing kids to camping, with opportunities for hiking, boating, and swimming.

Family-friendly camping, fishing, paddling, and swimming are popular activities at Rudd Pond.
Photo by: Cheryl and William de Jong-Lambert

Taconic State Park is part of the Taconic Mountain Range, which runs all the way up to New England and is home to sections of the Appalachian Trail. The park covers 16 miles of this range along the Connecticut and Massachusetts borders, and offers an extensive trail network with varying terrain and stunning views.

Rudd Pond, in the southern section of the park, has a long history as an ideal fishing spot, and is now well suited for introducing kids to camping, or for boating and swimming in calm waters. The wide, sandy beach also has a large playground. Rudd Pond has fewer visitors than Copake Falls, its sister park to the north.

The campground features 15 tentsites and 26 tent platform sites, each with a picnic bench, a fire ring, and a grill. Restrooms and a hot-water shower house help ease families into the tent-camping experience. The sites are situated between the Taconic ridge and the pond, where anglers can try their luck at catching bass, sunfish, and pickerel (New York fishing license required). A rustic but easy hiking path leads around Iron Mine Pond, which is south of the tent platforms. In winter, the pond is a popular spot for ice fishing and ice skating. Remember: Quiet hours from 10 P.M. to 7 A.M. are strictly enforced at the campsites, contributing to its being a good fit for families.

Plan B:

Copake Falls is an easy excursion and beautiful hike from Rudd Pond.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Nearby Millerton village is home to many restaurants and caf├ęs.


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