The 1,569- acre Lake Taghkanic State Park lies just off Taghkanic State Parkway, close to both Ancram, NY, and Gallatin. The setting is truly breathtaking with the 156-acre Lake Taghkanic overlooking the forested hills. This lake is a habitat for various fish species. Hiking, biking, kayaking, hunting, and boating are the most popular activities during the summer. There is a large swimming beach with a lifeguard on duty. The park stays open in winter for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and ice fishing. There is a half-a-mile winter trail dedicated to snowmobilers.
Want some relaxation after a long day of hiking? There are many picnic areas overlooking the lake. Search for a motorhome in Columbia County, NY and have fun on the two sandy beaches surrounding the 1.5-mile Lake Taghkanic. For families with children, the park has two playgrounds near the campground. One playground is located on the eastern side of the lake and the other one on the eastern side. These playgrounds are equipped with climbing structures, slides, swings, and a see-saw.
Lake Taghkanic lures anglers to the park throughout the year. Anglers at Lake Taghkanic can catch largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, yellow perch, and walleye. Anglers can fish from the banks or from the boat. Please note that you should have a valid New York fishing license before you cast a line.
Lake Taghkanic is open for boating, and there are several boat ramps available. Campers may bring their own boats or rent rowboats, kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes from the park. Boating permits are required.
If hiking is your thing, don’t miss the over eight miles of trails while camping at Lake Taghkanic State Park. Most of the park trails are relatively easy and perfect for families with little children. The four-mile Lakeview Trail circles the lake, giving campers a chance to view the diverse flora and fauna.
Camping at Lake Taghkanic State Park
For guests who wish to stay longer, Lake Taghkanic State Park has over 170 campsites where you can spend overnight with your travel trailer rental. All campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire pits. Other amenities include a modern bathhouse, hot showers, and water fountains.
The campground is clean and well maintained with most campsites being able to accommodate trailers of up to 20 feet. Designated sites accept pets. Pets should be kept on a leash.
Exploring the Area
No trip to the Hudson Valley is complete without visiting the nearby museums, nature preserve, waterfalls, parks, and animal sanctuaries. Renting a motorhome near Lake Taghkanic State Park puts visitors at the center of exploring all these surrounding attractions.
For history buffs, there are several areas to consider touring. Olana State Historic Site is one of the most recommended museums to visit. This facility was a former estate of Frederic Edwin Church. Today the museum preserves Church’s paintings, art, and items from his travel. There are different tour options available, including ground tours, house tours, and driving tours. Clermont State Historic Site is another interesting historical museum. This riverfront museum was an estate occupied by different generations of the Livingstone family in the 18th century. The museum grounds provide awesome views of the Catskill Mountains and the adjacent Hudson River. Inside, there are several rooms that one can visit. Some of the things on display include furniture, kitchenware, and clothing. There are many trails traversing the museum compound that are perfect for hiking, biking, and bird watching.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill is also an amazing place to visit and not too far away. This is a former home of Thomas Cole, a famous American artist in the 19th century. The house is attractive with beautiful paintings of sceneries along the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. For a different kind of a museum, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is 16 miles from Taghkanic Lake State Park. This living museum in Red Hook has a collection of early aircraft dating back to 1900.
When you have explored historic sites to your heart’s content, consider spending time with the animals. Uniquely, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a rescue farm for domestic animals. Almost all farm animals can be spotted during a leisurely walk or a guided tour. Animals housed here include cows, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, goats, cats, and chicken.
For waterfall lovers, renting an RV in Gallatin lets you explore the many cascades near Lake Taghkanic State Park. So, while in the area do not miss taking a trip to the picturesque Bash Bish Falls. Located about 16 miles from the park, this is one of the highest waterfalls in the states. Kaaterskill falls, one of the highest cascades in this region is just 31 miles away. Load up the RV and head out for an adventurous day trip as you make some memories with the family.