James Baird State Park is situated on farmland once owned by James Baird, a contractor and engineer whose firm constructed the Lincoln Memorial. In 1939 James Baird donated the 590 acres of land to New York State under the stipulation that it be known as James Baird State Park. Work began on the park and golf course in 1940. Construction continued intermittently during World War II and the James Baird State Park Golf Course was officially opened in 1948. Nationally renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones designed a scenic, fairly flat 18-hole golf course on this large tract of farmland in Pleasant Valley. To golfers' delight, the par 5, 13th hole is one of the most challenging in the Hudson Valley. In addition to the golf course, the park now also boasts a driving range, pro shop, clubhouse and a snack bar at the 1st and 10th holes. A full service restaurant overlooks the golf course and is open to both golfers and the general public. James Baird State Park has much to offer. There are spacious open and wooded picnic areas and two picnic pavilions which can accommodate up to 300 people each by reservation. There is also a sports complex where visitors enjoy playing basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball. Additionally there is a playground and a nature center. Open summer weekends, the nature center loans recreational equipment and offers nature programs.Outdoor enthusiasts will find the seven miles of scenic wooded trails ideal for hiking in the warm months and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the wintertime.

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18 days ago

Pretty good workout with the hills! Lots of woods, but the trail was very muddy and a bit confusing only in one area where you come out to the road by the shelter. Great trail. I’d definitely do it again!

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8 months ago

The best part of this trail is stopping to listen to the frogs in late March/early April. There must be thousands in the marshy area just off the trail. It’s incredible.

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9 months ago

Nice saunter through the woods. A bit stark and marshy in late March. Can hear car noise from the Taconic Parkway, especially along the upper part of the trail. There are a couple of fairly new-ish looking benches along the way to stop and rest. Nothing spectacular but a good stretch of the legs.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Awesome walk once you find the trailhead!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Easy trails with little views.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Love coming here it's just a few minutes from home and the trails are just right for a quick hike with the pups.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Very lush hike..... Paths aren't clear. Lots of cars and vehicle noises. Was okay for a quick walk

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A nice 3 mile loop with varied ups and downs of short duration. Nothing too taxing, some folks trail run it. A great bonus is that leashed dogs are OK, so my guy Harlan got to make some friends along the way.
No views, but a nice walk in the woods. The trail even has a few newly built benches, ideal for taking a break with the dog who just found such a great stick!

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