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Fahnestock State Park Spring Moderate

  • Apr 27, 2014 · 12:00 PM
  • Fahnestock State Park

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

Bring a snack, lunch, hot chocolate, hot toddy and at least 2 liters of water 

Advanced beginner hike just shy of 6 miles at a moderate pace. There is rolling terrain with several steep inclines.   It will take 3.5 hours including a 30 minute lunch break.

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.   

 

History:

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent! Nice group, good hike length, beautiful day!

    April 28, 2014

  • Pedro

    surprised I made it to the list, couple of days ago I was 25 on the waiting list. Hope you guys enjoyed it, it was a beautiful day for a hike.

    April 27, 2014

  • Liz

    A good time was had by all who followed the AT. Not sure about the bushwhackers!! Thanks for coming out everyone.

    April 27, 2014

  • Mary Anne F.

    I really enjoyed this hike. Good moderate hike for me and I really enjoyed meeting everyone.

    April 27, 2014

  • Chris

    Got the confirmation too late..I already headed out for another hike but would like to come next time!!!

    April 27, 2014

  • Linh N.

    Got the respond too late. Have fun everyone. See you at the next one. :-)

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Somebody blocked my car on parking lot, can't attend hike because of this ...

    April 27, 2014

  • Vanessa H.

    hi, just wanted to clarify the 12pm meeting time? how long do you usually wait until everyone arrives?

    April 26, 2014

    • Liz

      15 minute grace period then we hike

      April 27, 2014

    • Vanessa H.

      thanks. waiting to get your cell number in case of anything. i'm coming from the city and not super familiar with the area, so hope i make it with no problem. my cell phone svc isn't the best out of the city either... looking forward to it!

      April 27, 2014

  • Gizzelle Rojas B.

    Hi will hiking poles be necessary?

    April 26, 2014

    • Liz

      Rolling terrain not flat at all

      April 27, 2014

    • Mary Anne F.

      Thanks for responding about the poles. I'm going to still come as I don't own poles, but I'm not new to hiking either so I'm gonna be a billy goat and keep up w you all anyway! Lol see you soon.

      April 27, 2014

  • Chris

    Hi! My friend and I would love to join you. We are on the wait list. What is the limit of people?

    April 27, 2014

  • Robi

    I need to cancel due to illness this morning; I hope someone can take my place. Very sorry and I was so looking forward to it.

    April 27, 2014

  • Mary Anne F.

    Oh, and where on 301 are we meeting at? The small lot but the river? Thanks.

    April 27, 2014

  • Mary Anne F.

    I see someone asked earlier about needing poles. I do not own poles am I still good for this hike?

    April 27, 2014

  • mark

    Could leader list cell phone # in case I get to Route 301 but can't find the group?

    April 24, 2014

    • Liz

      i will send my number to the people attending the morning of the hike.

      April 25, 2014

    • Vanessa H.

      great! i was just going to ask the same thing

      April 26, 2014

  • Mary Anne F.

    Any spots opening yet? Would love to join you all. Thanks!

    April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good Morning, I luckily was added to the hike this morning, due to a cancellation. I am without a car and see this is not a hike meeting at a train station. Would anyone be willing to pick me up at a train station, please? Cold Spring, White Plains or any metro north station I will be there. I hope I can join you. Thanks.

    April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unfortunately, a ride did not come through so I won't be able to make this one.

      April 26, 2014

  • mary

    Very sorry, but can't make it tomorrow. Hope everyone has wonderful time!

    April 26, 2014

  • Linh N.

    Good morning - I just got back from the business trip. Need some exercise & see you guys. Pls open up the waiting list so some of us can join the hike. Thx :-)

    April 26, 2014

  • Maxine

    Sorry for the cancellation but I won't be able to make it after all.

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, is there car parking at place we about to meet ?

    April 20, 2014

    • Liz

      park on side of road near trail head Rt 301

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So what about parking space for cars at meeting point ? Is it available ?

    April 22, 2014

    • Peter

      Here's a Google Map link for directions to the trailhead: https://maps.google.co...­

      April 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks !

      April 22, 2014

  • Shari

    Am I able to bring by labradoodle. She is a love

    April 22, 2014

    • Liz

      Well behaved dogs are allowed

      April 22, 2014

  • Peter00

    Hi Peter. Please let me know when I am off the waitlist

    April 21, 2014

    • Peter

      Peter, I am not participating in this one. Make your pleas to hike leader Liz! -Peter

      April 21, 2014

  • Gizzelle Rojas B.

    Hi will I need. Hiking poles?

    April 21, 2014

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