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Friends of Taconic State Park supports the activities of the Taconic State Park in Copake Falls, New York, with an emphasis on the preservation of the historic Copake Iron Works located within it.  We seek to promote the 7,000-plus-acre park’s recreational, historic, educational and cultural resources; advocate for the maintenance and improvement of its facilities and programs; and raise funds to enable those activities. The Friends seek to be a voice for the park by acting as a liaison with governmental bodies, institutions, schools, businesses, regional groups and other organizations of common concern.

ABOUT THE PARK

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The Friends work in support of the 7,000-plus-acre Taconic State Park, with its visitor welcome center located on Route 344 in Copake Falls, New York (above).  The Harlem Valley Rail Trail, great for biking and on foot, passes through the park, which is also equipped for camping, with tent sites and cabins. The recently designated historic site of  the former Copake Iron Works is just down the road from the park entrance.

TOURING THE IRON WORKS MUSEUM

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The Copake Iron Works Museum, which expanded in 2015, resumes docent-led tours on weekend days from 2-4 from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Hours coincide with those of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, so visitors to Copake Falls, NY, can make it a history doubleheader. On display are a series of iron artifacts, ranging from plow parts to chisels and unknown objects. Details.