The Taconics

Uncover the hidden gems of the Taconics

The Taconic Mountains are a range of the Appalachian Mountains, running vertically for 150 miles or so along the eastern border of New York State and adjacent New England including parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Explore these gentle foothills, traverse their verdant woodlands, and take on the challenge of ascending the range’s highest peak, Mount Equinox.

Each trail provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy breathtaking views.

Taconic Geology

The Taconics are considerably older than The Catskills. The Taconics were formed around 440 million years ago from the collision of the North American Plate into a volcanic island arc, similar to modern-day Taiwan.

The sedimentary and igneous rock between the land masses were intensely folded and faulted, and were subjected to intense metamorphism.

rock ledge and tree
Rock scramble on Alander Mountain

Taconic History

The Taconic Mountains are rich in history that dates back to the era of the Native American tribes such as the Mohican, whose presence is still felt in the region. The word “Taconic“ is said to come from an Algonquian word meaning “tree” or “in the trees“ or “forest”.

The European settlers who arrived in the 17th century brought change, but the intrinsic beauty and tranquility of the Taconics remain intact.

Over the years, the region has also played a significant role in the marble and iron industry, leaving behind historical landmarks for exploration.

Hiking the Taconics

The Taconics contain several hundred miles of blazed hiking trails, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. Many of the southern Taconic summits and ridges offer sweeping views of the Catskills, the Hudson Highlands, and north as far as Mount Greylock, the tallest mountain in Massachusetts.

A spot on the trail between Brace Mountain and Mount Frissell is, at 2,380 feet, the highest point in Connecticut.

Deer, bear, raccoons, and snakes are common. In season, deer and bear hunting (rifle/shotgun/bow), turkey hunting (bow/shotgun), rabbit/hare hunting, squirrel, fox and ruffed grouse hunting are permitted.

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Taconic summits tend to be windswept and grassy, and are often tufted with blueberry bushes. Dense stands of mountain laurel dominate many of the hills, along with scrub oak and birch. Alander, in addition, has many glorious pitch pines. Especially at sunset, the entire range is spectacularly beautiful.

Experience the unique charm of the Taconics, where each trail leads to a new discovery.

Note: Unlike the trail blazes in the Catskills, Taconic blazes are non-reflective. If you don’t have a headlamp and batteries in your pack, make sure you’re off these hills before dark. Also, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes.

Difficult Taconics (2)


Mount Everett 2608’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Rugged, scenic, highest peak in the southern Taconics.

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South Brace 2300’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A tricky climb leads to a strange and surreal landscape.

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Moderate Taconics (6)


Mount Frissell 2454’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Covered in dense stands of mountain-laurel, this quiet mountain boasts wonderful scenic views, the junction of three New England states, and the highest point in Connecticut.

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Brace 2311’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A large grassy summit that’s perfect for picnics also offers a panoramic view of the Catskills, and lines of sight north as far as Mount Greylock, 44 miles away.

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Alander 2239’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A tranquil, beautiful, scenic mountain with highly-varied terrain and geology.

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Bash Bish 1840’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Steep, rugged, deadly mountain.

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Lions Head 1738’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Beautiful Taconic Mountain with lush forests and great views.

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Stissing 1394’

  Fire Tower

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Steep climbs to a fire tower with great views of the Catskills and Taconics.

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Easiest Taconics (2)


Dugway Hill 1854’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Pleasant mountain to the north of Cedar Brook.

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Taconic Lowlands 500’

 Southern Taconics

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Non-mountain locations of interest.

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