The historic hamlet of Copake Falls is nestled at the base of the Taconic Mountains where the Bash Bish Brook drops from a scenic waterfall. Settled in the 1830s, the hamlet has many old homes dating back to the early days when it was the hub of a thriving iron mining and smelting business. While the iron works have been closed for over 100 years, today’s hamlet has become a center for abundant outdoor recreational and cultural activities.
The Taconic State Park , one of New York State’s loveliest camping and recreation venues, forms the heart of the hamlet. The Park provides year-round recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Choose from a refreshing summer swim in the ore bed, all-season hiking and biking, and winter snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing on the park’s many trails.
On the third Saturday of August the residents of Copake Falls welcome one-and-all to “Copake Falls Day”. Many private gardens are open to the public and local artists display their work. Visitors of all ages enjoy crafts, good food and fun.
Things to do in Copake Falls:
- Hike or ride the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.
- Visit the historic Iron Works in Taconic State Park being restored by the Friends of Taconic State Park. Join the Friends for events throughout the year.
- Hike to Bash Bish Falls from Taconic State Park.
- Visit the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum.
- Treat yourself to professional live chamber music at a Winds in the Wilderness Concert.
- Worship and enjoy events year round at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church and Church of St. John in the Wilderness (Episcopal).