30 Minute Drive -
Taconic State Park & Hillsdale
Postcard perfect scenes of rolling hills and farmlands.
Start by taking the Taconic Parkway to the Route 23 exit, you are now heading east toward Hillsdale. Drive about three and a half miles on Rt 23 until you see a “National Beauty Award Highway 1969” sign and make a right on to County Rt 11A, which will soon become County Rt 11. At County Rt 27, turn left and continue until you reach County Rt 7. Make a right on to Rt 7 and drive about a mile to County Rt 7A, then turn left and continue into Copake. Bear left at the village circle and stay on Rt 7A until you reach Rt 22. A left on to Rt 22* will take you to Rt 23 in Hillsdale, and another left on to Rt 23 will point you west back toward the Parkway.
*If you’re looking for a nice picnic area and/or campgrounds, turn right off Rt 22 on to Rt 344 and enter the Taconic State Park. For a scenic stroll, follow signs leading to parking for Bash Bish Falls. The mile-long hike to the towering falls runs along a trail bordering Bash Bish Brook.