Lake Taghkanic State Park Professional Review and Guide
"Encompassing more than 1,500 acres of oak, hickory, maple, cedar, and hemlock, Columbia County’s Lake Taghkanic State Park has served as a refuge for nature lovers for almost eighty years. North of the lake itself, campsites are dispersed along a pair of twisting roads that receive partial shade from tall conifers. The trees don’t provide much of a screen between lots, however, and the area is somewhat rocky, so more than half of the tent sites are platforms. All three of the restrooms here have showers. Visitors with a bigger budget and a desire for more comfort can also rent one of sixteen cabins or another sixteen cottages (four of which are full service) equipped with an electric stove, a refrigerator, and a screen porch. Pets are not allowed in either. The park’s biggest draw is probably the lake, which attracts hundreds of people daily at the height of summer. Fortunately, West Beach, the larger and noisier of the two beaches, is well removed from the campground. Swimming in lifeguarded areas is permitted between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend; motorboats aren’t allowed on the lake. A ten-mile network of trails is open to mountain bikers and hikers; some visitors might be lucky enough to spot white-tailed deer, raccoons, or rabbits."