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Fahnestock State Park [Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park]
|Park Overview:|| |
Largest park in the area with diverse recreational opportunities on 50 miles of marked trails [including the Appalachian Trail], a variety of terrain, and numerous lakes, ponds and streams.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||50 miles|
|Park Acreage:||14000 acres|
|Philipstown, Putnam |
|Buy Trail Map:||East Hudson Trails Map|
|Buy Book:||New York Walk Book |
|Park Description:|| |
The 14,000-acre Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is in an historic iron-mining region, and several remnants of that industry remain in mine excavations, stone foundations and the old railbeds used by some trails. The park has hiking trails and multiple-use trails open to bikes and horses. There is a beach on Canopus Lake open in summer and groomed cross-country ski trails open in winter [both have seasonal fees]. A campground is located just east of the park office. Reservations for camping are often required; call the contact number below. The terrain is varied, including hemlock gorges, bald ridge tops with 360° views, second-growth hardwood forest, mountain laurel thickets, and numerous lakes, ponds and streams.
|Trails Overview:|| |
To find detailed descriptions of specific hikes, click here and scroll down the "Parks" column to the name of this park.
Maps: A detailed trail map can be purchased from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (click on East Hudson Trails Map at top). A simplified map can be downloaded by clicking here.
Fahnestock State Park is located along NY 301 between US 9 and the Taconic State Parkway. The park office is on NY 301 less than a mile west of the Taconic State Parkway. Parking for many trails is available in several locations along NY 301. See trail overviews for other trailhead parking. The park is not easily accessible by public transportation; the nearest Metro North station is 8 miles away in Cold Spring.
|Contact Information:||New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation |
|Region:||Fahnestock State Park|
|Fees:||Some times and places; check with park|