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Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)

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Due to tree work being performed in Fahnestock State Park the following trail closing will be in effect until April 1st:
- The Perkins Memorial Trail ( Yellow blazes) will be closed from the intersection with the Charcoal Burners Trail (Red Blazes) to the intersection with the Cabot Trail (White Blazes).
- The entire length of the Cabot Trail (White Blazes) will be closed from the intersection with the Charcoal Burners Trail (Red Blazes) to the intersection with the Perkins Memorial Trail( Yellow Blazes).

1498 Route 301
Carmel, NY 10512
Latitude 41.466366
Longitude -73.824669

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 20 kilometers of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The large beach at Canopus Lake is the jewel of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State 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 rowboats, 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 goods 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, charcoal grill, 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.

Pavilion Information
Fahnestock has one pavilion. The day use price is $75 and can accommodate up to 50 people. Check availability at

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.

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

  • Hudson River Expeditions-experience the beauty of the Hudson Highlands through kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals & guided tours
  • Appalachian Trail-a portion of the AT runs through Fahnestock & Hudson Highlands State Parks
  • Canopus Beach-large sandy beach offering swimming, boating and picnic areas
  • Martin Hugh 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.

Current Water Quality - Beach Results


Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • Swimming: Canopus Beach- 2020
    May 22 thru June 26 (weekends and holidays only)
    June 27 thru September 7
    • Beach Hours 9am to 7pm.
    • Swimming Hours 10am to 6pm.
    • Concession Hours 10am to 5pm
  • Winter Park: 12/15 - 4/1, weather permitting
    Weekdays: 10 am - 4:30 pm.; Weekends: 9 am - 4:30 pm.
    Ski rentals, tube rentals, snow shoes, and baby sled available.
  • Boat Rentals: (when the beach is open):
    Weekend 9am - 5pm
    Weekdays 9am - 3pm

  • Hunting - In season both deer (bow and shotgun only) and spring turkey (shotgun only) hunting are permitted in designated areas.
    NYS hunting permits, as well as a Park Permit, are required.
    Hunting Information
  • 2020 Camping Season:
    April 10, 2020 - November 28, 2020
    Reservations made through Reserve America: Call 1-800-456-CAMP
    Group camping (wilderness) available
  • Food Service: Concession at beach during swimming season and Winter Park.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee- Beach Complex
  • $8/car
    Non-profit bus: $35
    Commerical bus: $75

    5/22-6/26, weekends & holidays
    6/27-9/7, daily
  • Boat Rental
  • $10/hr; $25/day
    $25 cash deposit

    Personal Boats:
    Season permit (for those with own boat): $30
    Weekly permit (for those with own boat): $10
  • Camping
  • $15-$19/night

    Out-of-State Surcharge: $5/night

    Reservation fee: $7.25
    Walkup: $1.25
    Cancellation: $7.25
    Change: $7.25

    For reservations: Call Reserve America at 1-800-456-CAMP or visit

    Group Camp (wilderness): Call Park office for information
  • Winter Park
  • Please visit the Fahnestock Winter Park webpage for this information.


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Diverse species concentration site

- Species at risk site

The Fahnestock BCA is located within Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. The BCA is especially important because of its undisturbed stream valleys, lakes, and wetlands which provide food, shelter, and breeding sites for birds and other wildlife. The Fahnestock BCA is within Audubon New York's Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands Important Bird Area. It was originally designated as a BCA in 2000. This update to the BCA Management Guidance Summary was completed in order to consider recent land acquisitions which have expanded the size of Clarence Fahnestock State Park. Review of these sites indicated that the majority of these parcels met the criteria for inclusion within the existing BCA.

Fahnestock BCA represents one of the largest areas of contiguous forest in the lower Hudson Valley, and thus provides significant stopover and breeding habitat for a diverse group of forest-dependent bird species. Characteristic bird species found during migratory and breeding periods include Broad-winged Hawk, Acadian Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Worm-eating Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager. Species-at-risk at Fahnestock include the State Threatened Least Bittern and Special Concern Sharp-shinned, Cooper's and Red-shouldered Hawks and Eastern Whip-poor-will.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Go birding with the Fahnestock Bird Checklist.

Big Game:

  • Archery only. 10/1 - 12/17/19 - May enter woods ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Permit required - unlimited.

  • Gun season: Shotgun only. Map available at park office. 11/16 - 12/8/19. May enter woods at ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Permit is required - limited to first 200 hunters.

  • Muzzle loading: 12/9 - 12/17/19. May enter the woods ½ hours before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset.

Crossbow: 11/2-12/17/19

  • Turkey - shotgun only (Monday-Friday only). No youth hunt. 5/1-5/22/20. May enter woods ½ hour before sunrise to set up and exit by sunset. Permit is required - limited to first 200 hunters.

All permits are available starting 1 month prior to opening day for their respective season.

Please come to the park office to obtain hunting permits and maps, or call (845) 225-7207 with any questions. The park office located at 1498 Rte 301 Carmel, NY 10512.

Fahnestock Hunting Map

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Did You Know? Part of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park.

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach