Brace Mountain on the Taconic Ridge

Taconic State Park

The highest point in Dutchess County offers a fabulous vista that includes the highly scenic farms, woods, and wetlands of the Harlem Valley and west to a majestic view of the Catskill Mountains.

42.10994, -73.55896

There are a number of great hiking options in the Taconics. You could, in fact, bag three states with a single hike in this area. (See one here.) This recommendation will get you two states, New York and Massachusetts, on an in-and-out hike of about 7 miles round-trip.

The route includes a strenuous climb to the ridge, though no rock...

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