All Aboard! Taconic State Park Unveils New Family, Friendly Train
The train is the only operating railroad in New York State parks.
Taconic State Park is located in Columbia and Dutchess County, New York bordering Massachusetts and Connecticut within the Taconic Mountains. The state park is located off Route 344 south of Interstate 90 and 110 miles north of New York City. The park features camping, hiking, bicycling, hunting, cross country skiing and other recreational activities.
Taconic State Park is located within one of the largest unfragmented forests between Virginia and Maine, an area of 14,000 plus acres of protected open space spanning three states and designated as one of America's " Last Great Places" by The Nature Conservancy. The 21 mile South Taconic Trail and the 15 mile Hudson Valley Rail Trail pass through the park. Bash Bish Falls, Massachusetts' most famous waterfall, is accessible via a short trail from the park.
News10 reports that the new railroad is a 950-ft loop around the park that will include two retrofitted carts for all ages to ride. It was built and operated by volunteers.
When is Railroad Open at Taconic State Park?
The Pomeroy Family Railroad recently was unveiled to a standing-room crowd at Copake Ironworks. It was a grassroots project that used no public funding. The train and visitors museum will be open on weekends 2 pm - 4 pm until Columbus Day. A self-guided tour is open daily.