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Taconic-Hereford Multiple Use Area

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Taconic Hereford Mutiple Use Area consists of 917 acres located in the Towns of Pleasant Valley and LaGrange, Dutchess County.



Most trails on this property allow multiple uses. It is a very popular place with mountain bike riders, horseback riders, and dog walkers. Please be respectful of all users. See the map for designated uses and trails.


There are 2 designated camp sites on this property and they are first-come-first-serve. Back country camping is also allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet from water, road or trail.

Hunting and Trapping

Hunting and trapping are permitted on this property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted.

Mountain Biking

a stone wall in the forest at Taconic Hereford Multiple Use Area

There are often organized rides here. See the Fats in the Cats website (right column) for the schedule.

Horse Trails

See the map for designated trails.

Cross-country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is allowed anywhere on State Forests other than on trails posted as closed for this use.


One red marker snowmobile trail does a loop around the property.


Geocaching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations. See the February 2005 article in Conservationist Magazine for more information on geo-caching.

Tips for Using State Forests

State lands belong to all of us. Please help care for this area and enhance the enjoyment of it for yourself and those who follow by observing these simple guidelines.


Parking available at Tyrrel Road (4 cars) just off the Taconic State Parkway (4 cars), and at the end of Pond Gut Road (4 cars).

Driving Directions

Tyrrel Road exit off the northbound TSP, or turn at the sign along the TSP (northbound side).

Important Phone Numbers

State Forest Office 845-256-3078 (Monday through Friday, 8AM -4 PM):
Forest Ranger 877-457-5680 (Evenings, Weekends and Holidays):
Emergencies: 911


ATV's are not allowed on State Lands in Dutchess County.

This property has a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement with Fats in the Cats. A link to their website can be found in the right column.