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Fahnestock State Park

  • Aug 18, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • Fahnestock State Park

Let's hike the AT Appalachian Trail and eat lunch overlooking Canopus Lake in Fahnestock State Park.

Bring lunch, at least 2 liters of water and sunscreen 

Intermediate Hike 6 miles

Meetup on Rt 301 at the bottom of Canopus Lake park on side of the road near sign for the AT (green & white sign with hikers on it!!)

Driving Directions: Taconic North to Route 301 toward Cold Spring. Right onto 301 drive thru Fahnestock State Park passing park office and picnic area and canoes to bottom of lake.   



Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is a delight for outdoor enthusiasts. This 14,086 acre park, covering land in Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts hiking trails, a beautiful beach, picnic areas, scenic campground, and abundant opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, and birding. The park is also home to the Taconic Outdoor Education Center which provides high quality environmental programming and Fahnestock Winter Park which includes 15 kilometers of groomed trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Did You Know?

Part of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park.

The large beach at Canopus Lake is the jewel of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial Park. Its sandy shore and nearby picnic area are enjoyed by thousands of bathers. In addition to swimming, campers and day trippers can fish in or tour Canopus Lake by row boats which are available for rental by the hour or the day. Visitors with their own boats must obtain a Regional Boating permit at the Park Office. Fishing by boat is permitted at Stillwater and Canopus Lakes. Fishing at both lakes and four ponds is excellent in all seasons for anglers seeking bass, pickerel, perch or brook and rainbow trout. Please note that all freshwater fishing requires a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This permit can be obtained from town halls and many sporting good stores.

The scenic campground, formed along the park's natural rock ridges, provides alcoves of privacy and tranquility for campers. Each of the 80 campsites has a picnic table and fire ring. Additionally there is an area for RV camping. Although there are no hookups available or dump station, restroom and shower facilities are centrally located to all RV and tent sites. Individuals, as well as larger camping groups, are welcome. The campground's nature center houses environmental displays and a variety of touch boxes. On weekends, park staff organizes hikes and craft activities. Movies are shown on Saturday evenings for the enjoyment of all campers.


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  • Liz

    Great group! Thanks for coming!

    August 18, 2013

  • Beth

    Great meeting everyone! Liz, thanks for organizing and leading the hike!

    August 18, 2013

  • jeffrey g.

    unfortunately, I have to cancel. Sorry this is last minute. I wish I could have come. Have a great time.

    August 18, 2013

  • Tanvi

    I am sorry to change my RSVP at the last minute. I am not feeling well. I will try and make it for the next one. Hope you have a great time!

    August 18, 2013

  • tova

    Liz do you mind giving me you cell incase I cant find you location.thanks

    August 18, 2013

  • Anne

    Looking forward to it!

    August 17, 2013

  • Beth

    Sounds like a great hike. I will be coming from Yonkers. Is there anyone that can pick me up at the Cold Spring train station?

    August 15, 2013

    • Beth

      Hi Mike, Thank you. That would be great if you could pick me up. I'll meet by the town side/restrooms at 9:30 am on Sunday. I'll message you directly with my phone number in case we need to get in touch. Beth

      August 16, 2013

  • Leavonne

    Liz, can you approximate what time we would be done?

    August 12, 2013

    • Liz

      We will finish by 1:30 pm including a 30 minute lunch break

      August 12, 2013

  • Sarina

    going to try to make this !

    August 12, 2013

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