Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)

Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)

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Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)

New York

(845) 225-7207

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Overview

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.

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.

Take the virtual tour!

Watch the newly released Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park and Hudson Highlands State Parks video, produced for Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands by Anthony Sherin and narrated by Jane Alexander.

For Ski Swap info click below: http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/FahnestockWinterParkSkiSwapFlyer2013.pdf  

 Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near the park:

  • Atlantic Kayak Tours-offering different kayak tours and instructional programs
  • Appalachian Trail-a portion of the AT runs through Hudson Highlands State Park
  • Canopus Beach-large sandy beach offering swimming, boating and picnic areas
  • Martin Huge McGuire Hemlock-Northern Hardwood Area-newly dedicated area of the Bird Conservation Area, located in the campground.
  • Hudson Highlands State Park-home of the consistently #1 rated Trail in America, the Breakneck Ridge Trail.

 

Map of Clarence Fahnestock (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.460738, -73.825521

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is permitted from Memorial Day until the middle of October. 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. Season permit/Weekly permit available.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is permitted within the park when in season, but please stay on the marked paths.

  • Camping

    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. On weekends, park staff organizes hikes and craft activities. Movies are shown on Saturday evenings for the enjoyment of all campers. Pets are allowed in all campsites. Camping grounds are open to the public from mid-April until mid-December.

  • Fishing

    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.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails are open seasonally and on weekends, park staff organizes hikes and craft activities for visitors.

  • Horseback Riding

    Equestrian trails are open for public use during the spring, summer, and fall months.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in designated areas for both deer (bow only) and spring turkey (shotgun only) hunting seasons. NYS hunting permits, as well as a Park Permit, are required.

  • Picnicking

    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. Pets are not permitted on beach or in picnic areas.

  • RVing

    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. Pets are allowed in all campsites.

  • Winter Sports

    Within Clarence Fahnestock State Park, there are 15 kilometers of groomed trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, plus an area for sledding. Clarence Fahnestock Winter Park is open from early December until mid-March, weather permitting. Ski rentals, tube rentals, snow shoes, baby sled and ski lessons are available.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/10512.

Park Partners

Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks

Founded in 2007, Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks. They support the stewardship of the landscape's natural and historic resources, as well as educational and recreational opportunities for the public. This is done in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the community through advocacy, education, volunteerism and fundraising.

Reserve America

The park features 79 tents and RV sites and group camping. The large sandy beach at Canopus Lake is the focal point of the park, including Stillwater Lake and 4 other ponds. Rowboats are available for rental. The Taconic Outdoor Education Center provides high quality environmental programming.

(800) 456-2267

Directions

Driving

Taconic State Parkway: Exit at Putnam County Route 301 west. Proceed approximately ¼ mile. Park areas are located on both sides of the roadway. NYS Route 9: Take Putnam County Route 301 east. Proceed for approximately 5 miles. Park areas are located on both sides of the roadway.

Public Transportation

Metro-North: Commuter train to Cold Spring Station. Please arrange for taxi service prior to arrival. The park is located approximately 8 miles from the train station.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(845) 225-7207

Campground reservations

(800) 456-2267

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