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.
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.