Fahnestock State Park Summer Moderate

  • August 24, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Let's hike the AT Appalachian Trail and take a lunch break overlooking Canopus Lake in Fahnestock State Park.

Bring a snack, lunch, 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.   

PS: This is my favorite hike.   YES It is only 5.5 miles. 

It is an advanced beginner hike.   Too difficult for first timers. Too easy for most in this group.    I hike at a moderate pace.  If you want to trail run you will be with us for a minute.   This is a relaxed, social, smell the roses moderate pace



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

    Fun group! Thanks for coming out and sharing the sunshine! See y'all in the fall!

    August 26

  • Liz

    Fun group! Thanks for coming out and sharing the sunshine! See y'all in the fall!

    August 26

  • Millicent

    Sorry I missed the hike Liz. I didn't have access to my email over the week end and I thought I was still on the waiting list.

    August 25

    • Liz

      No worries we do this hike every season! See you soon!

      August 26

  • Gregg W.

    Sorry I didn't make the hike, things did not go quite as planned this morning, hope you had a joyful time. I was looking forward to this particular hike. Next time.

    August 24

  • Liz

    At bottom of lake park on side of road rt 301

    August 24

    • Debbie G

      11 of us are at the AT trail sign on 301 right side

      August 24

  • Tricia

    We're running a bit late. Will be there around 10:10. Sorry :(

    August 24

  • Roxanne

    I'm so sorry...overslept and woke with a cold. I'm sorry I missed it!

    August 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm having trouble finding you guys...hopefully I find you soon! I entered the Lake entrance.

    August 24

  • Alison

    Sorry to cancel. I won't be able to make it today.

    August 24

  • Judie S.

    Hi Liz,
    Since I'm still on a wait list, any chance for a yes?

    August 22

    • Laura J.

      I just cancelled if your still interested in going Judie.

      August 24

  • Laura J.

    Sorry for the last minute notice but I can't make it today. I look forward to meeting everyone next time.

    August 24

  • Michael

    I have to pass today. Not feeling well.

    August 24

  • Kristina

    Any chance of a pickup from Cold Spring metro north train stop?

    August 4


    Hi everyone! Are dogs allowed on the hike?

    July 29

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