Taconic State Park: Rudd Pond Professional Review and Guide
"In the 1800s, Bezaleel Rudd, a soldier in the Continental Army who rose to the rank of lieutenant, moved his family here from Connecticut. Like many of the campgrounds across the state, however, Rudd Pond looks the way it does today because of the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. All but five of the campsites are clustered at the south end of the pond with sites 23–41 overlooking the water. It’s a pretty little area, and the lots are roomy, but without trees or other vegetation between them, some campers might feel exposed. Showers are adjacent to the recreation hall. Motorboats are not permitted on Rudd Pond. To test your stamina, ask the park attendant for directions to one of two steep hiking trails that lead up nearby Brace Mountain, the highest point in Dutchess County at 2,311 feet above sea level."