Right on the Taghkanic Creek trout stream is New Forge State Forest, a 612-acre park managed for not only recreation, but also timber production, watershed protection and wildlife habitat maintenance. There’s a streamside canoe launch; and the park allows hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding on the property, but there are no designated trails or maintained areas for these activities - if you seek out bushwhacking opportunities, this is a great one. Three trails totaling 2.6 miles are equipped for people with mobility impairments.
The settlement of the Taghkanic began before 1700 when it was part of Livingston Manor, the 160,000-acre grant given to Robert Livingston from King George I, but Taghkanic wasn’t formed as a town until 1803. New Forge, one of Taghkanic’s five hamlets (along with Churchtown, East Taghkanic, West Taghkanic and Taghkanic) has a collection of 19th-century buildings that are key to the history of the town. Built around 1850, the House at New Forge—added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987--is a large home of the Greek Revival vernacular; the property is also the site of the 18th-century iron forges, the site and foundation of the late-19th century Livingston family manor house, the sites of several former commercial and residential buildings and the site of a mid-19th-century grist mill, saw mill and plaster mill.