Taconic State Park: Copake Falls Professional Review and Guide
"Before Taconic State Park opened to the public in 1927, the area around Copake Falls was the site of intensive mining activity and a sizeable ironworks that produced pig iron, axels, and gun barrels. A number of structures from the late nineteenth century, including a charcoal blast furnace, machine shop, office, and powder storage building still stand and are open to the public as part of the Copake Iron Works Museum. As for camping, this park has standard tent sites as well as 24 tent platforms, all of which are sheltered by a grove of fragrant spruce trees. Restroom facilities include three small comfort stations and a shower house next to the main parking lot. Sixteen cabins with running water, flush toilets, and full kitchens can also be rented by the day or by the week. Greenwich Cabins are open year-round, while the historic Ironworkers Cabins and the smaller Bish Bash Cabins are open from the first Friday in May through late October. Trails that add up to 25 miles of hiking opportunities crisscross Taconic State Park; routes to both Sunset Rock and Bish Bash Falls (just across the Massachusetts border) begin at the campground. To take a short trip on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, which currently runs south from the hamlet of Copake Falls, rent a ride at Bish Bash Bicycle just outside the park entrance."