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Taconic State Park-Copake Falls Area (NY)
Drive Time:2 hours 40 minutes
Distance in Miles:123
Address:Route 344, P.O. Box 100 Copake Falls, NY 12517
The main attraction at the Copake Falls area of Taconic state Park is the wonderful Bash Bish Waterfall, which almost everyone calls Bish-bash. There is a drive-up, tent camping area open in spring, summer, some rustic cabins, and full-service cottages available year-round. We've tent-camped here in summer, cottage-camped here in winter, and hiked through on the Appalachian Trail, which passes through Taconic state Park. (The latter was pre-parenthood.) The wilderness area spans the New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut borders; technically Taconic State Park is only the NY portion. The park offers beautiful views, the lovely and impressive waterfall, geocaches, a variety of hiking, and some ruins of 19th-century iron works. The park is accessible from the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, which offers easy hiking and biking.
Year We Camped There:2000, 2003, 2005
Type of Site:Backpacking
Type of Site:Cabin (rustic)
Type of Site:Cottage (with amenities)
Type of Site:Drive-Up
Type of Site:Hike-In
Type of Site:Tents