Oh Ranger! The Newest Guide to NY Parks

by Sonja Stark on October 18, 2012

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The last two days have been picture-perfect for leaf peeping and no time was wasted doing just that for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Another rare warm spell today brought us to Taconic State Park where personnel Wendy and Allison encouraged us to download the newly launched, free and ultimately best go-to app for invaluable park information. It’s called Oh Ranger! and includes listings for more than 200 state parks, historic sites, golf courses, campgrounds and nature centers with amenities, directions and links to important numbers and services.

The app is modeled after those little green guides by the same name. You may have seen them at visitor centers and/or your local Chamber of Commerce. It’s the best of the paper-version booklet compressed into a carbon-free alternative.

What a treasure is was to also learn that not far from Bash Bish Falls are several inviting accommodations, fully-furnished with electricity, refrigerator and stove/hotplate, for rent throughout the year.

I’m not sure if I know the difference between the traditional cabins, the Ironworker cabins and the Greenwich cabins but I’ve got dibs on cabin #6 with finer dishware than my grandma’s china.

And, just because it’s too cold to swim Rudd Pond doesn’t mean you can’t bike the 15-mile Harlem Valley Rail Trail or tour the Copake Iron Works Museum.

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