Explore the most popular camping trails in Clarence Fahnestock State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The trail is a nice trail, but far from easy. I took my two daughters and there were a lot of steep areas, some areas were narrow and one could fall off the edge of you slip. It was definitely stressful. This trail needs to be labeled properly.

Altered the route. Nice woods hike with a few ponds. No real high top views but still a nice hike.

we took this trail based on the “easy” rating because we weren’t really prepared to hike but wanted to do something outdoors. maybe it’s because we weren’t dressed appropriately but I would have ranked this more as a “moderate” trail. the trail was high, there was quite a bit of climbing and walking along the edge of some cliffs/hills, and there was some scrambling. it was disappointing that we could barely see the lake through most of the hike, and to complete the loop we had to walk several miles back up rte 301 which was busy with traffic. wouldn’t bring a dog or kids for this reason. had a good time, but wouldn’t take this route again.

This is a nice trail with a few views now that the leaves are off the trees. Also added a part of CT Trail and that view is worth it.

The first half of the trail was great second half a little scary with no markers because you’re on the road. We did cut across to the Pelton Pond trail for a bit so we were not on the road. NOT 3.9 miles actually 4.6 from the kiosk on Route 301. Beautiful day White markers to Blue to beach then to Rt 301 to yellow trail back to Rt 301

Start trail by 301 by the lake and continued very close to lake only to find out that wasn't the trail! although beautiful views, not blazed. Using Alltrails app figured out the trail is on rt 301! Not safe due to traffic and no walking area. went by Canopus beach onto AT. Took right on AT (not the Canopus Trail) for a magnificant view thanks to Park Ranger suggestion. Didnt take the remaining trail on AT due to time limit but plan on returning now we know the route! Better markers needed of signed board "you are here".

Not really a loop, some sections is Hike along Route 301...not the safest. But the AT portion was fun and challenging.

Not only was this trail not a loop trail, it was not, by any means "easy". There were some difficult rocky areas where you had to climb either up or around some large boulders. This trail is not recommended for senior citizens looking for a leisurely walk through a scenic area marked easy.

After not feeling well for a few days this hike was the perfect medicine to feel better!! Took solace in the sound of birds and the breeze through the trees. Nice quick hike....pop unto the boulders for a beautiful view of the Hudson Highlands.

No views to see besides trees, narrow path, many rocks. OK.

Decent hike but be sure if you use the app to drive there that you have someone to drop you off, there is no parking at trailhead.

beautiful hike, didn't see another person all day. mostly flat and was very wet due to recent rain overflowing the ponds.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Very nice and peaceful.

Awesome workout. Meh trail. Would have been great had the trail been marked accurately.

Good little scrambles from time to time. Nice day hike.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

I spent a few hours just walking around the trails and there are some beautiful views of the lake. Plenty of activities at the park for families to do as well. I parked by the beach (there was an entrance fee) and started on the eastern most corner of the lake. Within the first mile you can reach a spot with an amazing view.

I enjoyed the trail. not strenuous. peaceful. easy to get to.

Went up and down on the AT. There are about 3 views but they are so worth it! I got a sweeping view of the north and you can see the taconic below you. Great hike if you like it balanced and you want nice views.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's a great beginner trail. Got my wife out with me takes about four hours. Plenty of parking and some nice views

Have hiked a number of trails here on many occasions; all perfectly nice but nothing flashy.

Nice, decent trail...some rocky terrain mixed with easy trails...we did the red trail, past yellow and turned right onto blue...it was between easy and moderate at times.

It's a great location - just 10 minutes from downtown Cold Spring.

started at Dennytown rd hiked to 301. my brother and I camped out one night. saw 5 or 6 fire pit campsites along the way only a few taken. Didn't encounter any dangerous wildlife besides one black racer midday. more of a moderate hike made strenuous with our 40lbs camping packs. over all a pleasant experience.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Three Lakes - Appalachian Trail loop is a good 5.5 mile track. It is labeled as Moderate to Strenuous by the NYNJTC, but I would call it more moderate. The Three Lakes trail is well marked. The Appalachian Trail section at the northern end could use some more markers or repaint the current ones. Note that the bridge crossing the stream at John Allan Pond is out and you have a choice of using a bridge of two logs tied together or stones laid in the water. The trail offers good views and you get to see two beaver dams - and all of the stumps that they have left behind. All together - a good hike. Will return in summer for a different view.

There are many trails in this park, all well maintained. I added a link to the trail map below. I followed a loop trail recommended by "Best hikes Near NYC". You can find my route in the uploaded tracks section. It starts off at the parking lot at the southwest tip of Canopus Lake, follows white AT trail north, then blue, red, white (reaches Jordan Pond), yellow, red (cross the road), blue (reaches Hidden Lake), and finally back on white AT. The AT portions had some nice rock face and forest. The rest of the trails were just okay. Even though you climb a ridge top, there's really no panoramic view points since there are so many trees. The whole trail is nice, but nothing spectacular. Good as an easy workout, though. (UPDATE: Just found out the name of this trail is Fahnestock Circuit, it's one of the suggested hikes on the official state park trail map.)

This is a park with something for everyone. A beach for swimming, boat rental, organized bird watching, hiking for miles, even on the Appalachian trail, and a winter park to boot. Get there and do something!

I set out for a chilly weekday winter hike. Six miles and no sight of any people all day.

Awesome day of hiking. Did the red trail up to Beaver Pond. Took blue back around to Jordan pond where there is a nice lookout over a cliff with a bench. Nice place to relax and have lunch. A few trails were watery/muddy but nothing too serious. Overall a nice place to take the dog, trails are narrow and easily maneuverable. Definitely going back soon.

A beautiful Local Late winter/spring hiking area. I have done 3 hikes in this part for a total of about 12 miles... I have not been disappointed yet. There were only 5 other people that we encountered all day!!! That is a great thing.

It is also dog friendly.

A good loop with an even mix of flat and incline. Depending on your approach you can start off with a few flat miles then head up the mountain and get some great views of Fahnestock and the Hudson Valley.

We did a slightly different hike combined with Charcoal Burners trail with a trailhead on NY-301. It was a very nice trail, and generally well maintained. The climbs were easy, but the combination we did took us through farm fields, which got my shoes soaked. Clove Creek was very attractive, as was the Beaver Pond adjacent to the Charcoal Burners trail.

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