Rudd Pond Area, Taconic State Park

Loop • 2.4 mi • 340 ft

Rudd Pond is proof that all ponds were not created equal. This clear, shallow pond, easily accessed from NY-62, is a delightful combination of natural features and man-made conveniences. The expanse of manicured lawn, dotted with picnic tables and shaded by grand trees, ushers visitors toward the beach, where they can sunbathe, swim, or rent boats for fishing or exploring. Nearby, the Rudd Pond Campground provides tent sites and platforms, a recreation hall, a playground, and shower and bathhouses for families interested in staying overnight. A gentle path leads along the eastern shore of Rudd Pond to the smaller and more rugged Iron Mine Pond, then winds along the brook that feeds the ponds, looping back through pleasant woodlands to return to the swimming beach and campground.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Millerton
Length: 2.4 total miles
Elevation Gain: 340 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy for children
Duration: Day hike; 2 hours
Season: May to October
Top Elevation: 1,050 feet
Local Contacts: Taconic State Park
Local Maps: NY-NJ Trail Conference Map 14
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This was a pretty hike and not all that difficult, but the trail guide was not so great. First of all, much of the direction in the trail guide is given by distance, which is not at all handy unless you have a gps or a pedometer. You must also bring a compass since it is impossible to tell which way to go otherwise. The trail is fairly well marked with blazes, but the guide isn't clear about where to stop following the blazes and head back to the campground. We made the mistake of trying to get to the "clearing" described in the guide before we had our launch. We missed the clearing entirely which makes me think it was either never much a landmark to begin with or time and circumstances have changed it's appearance. As a result, I urged the kids on much further than I should have and they became tired and cranky. All in all we had a nice feeling of accomplishment when we were done with this hike, but a better guide would have been helpful.

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