Initially a piece of farmland that belonged to wealthy engineer James Baird, James Baird State Park officially became a piece of public land when he donated the 590 total acres to the state of New York in 1939. While the construction stalled during the years of 1941-1945, the park was eventually finished in 1948.
James Baird State Park has a little something for everyone, containing an 18-hole golf course, hiking trails, and cycling among its many recreational options. The James Baird State Park Golf Course is widely considered the crown jewel of this local attraction. Built by the nationally renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, the park features a scenic, relatively flat course that makes use of the once-extensive farmlands.
The 13th hole is famous for being one of the most challenging shots in the state. The park has since added several amenities to the golf area, including a driving range, fully stocked pro shop, clubhouse, and concession stands at both the 1st and 10th holes. There's even a full-service restaurant on the course if guests are looking for a comfortable experience.
Sorry dog lovers, but canines are barred from any of these facilities except service dogs. Two wooded picnic area with pavilions can house up to 300 individuals and are available by reservation. These are located adjacent to public restrooms, and come standard with tables and grilling facilities.
James Baird State Park added a sports complex during the early 2000s that regularly hosts a slew of different activities. Inside guests can find basketball courts, volleyball courts, and tennis pavilions. Hikers will enjoy James Baird State Park's seven miles of woodland trails.
During the winter, these trails open up to snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Canines are welcome to accompany guests on these trails throughout the year but must be on a leash at all times. Doggie business stations are posted at the entrances to these paths, so make sure to clean up anything your dog may leave behind.