South Taconic Trail white Blazes

Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain2,648ft
Trailhead Elevation714ft
Elevation Min/Max714/2244ft
Elevation Start/End714/714ft

South Taconic Trail white Blazes

South Taconic Trail (white Blazes) is a hiking trail in Massachusetts and New York. It is within Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area and Bashbish Falls State Park. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 714 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,648 feet. Alander Mountain (elevation 2,231 feet), the Bashbish Falls State Park conservation, and the Mt Washington State Forest can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Alander Mountain Trail and Connector Trail.

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"Walk from the remains of an 1800s ironworks in New York to a waterfall in Massachusetts. This hike has two branches in opposite directions, with parking more or less at the midpoint between the two destinations. You may want to do just one of these two hikes during your visit, depending on the amount of time you have available. Both are worthwhile hikes, with the Copake Iron Works a little less traveled than the very popular hike to Bash Bish Falls." Read more
"Walk from the remains of an 1800s ironworks in New York to a glorious waterfall in Massachusetts. From its opening in 1845 to its gradual shutdown between 1903 and 1908, Copake Mine Iron Works produced some 4,000 tons of cast iron every year. Oddly enough, even though the mine meant big business in this corner of the Taconic Mountains—with its own railroad stop to transport the iron to industries across the country—very little is known about the business itself. We do know that the ironworks’ founder, Lemuel Pomeroy, had worked in the iron trades since he was a young man, giving up college and dreams of becoming an attorney when he discovered an unexpected passion for ironworking." Read more

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Trail Information

Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
Nearby City
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Additional Use
Taconic State Park, Route 344, Copake Falls, NY 12517; (518) 329-3993;
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Copake, NY; NatGeo Trails Illustrated Map #1509: Appalachian Trail, Schaghticoke Mountain to East Mountain; trail map available online at
Local Maps

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Dec 2018