Looking for a great trail in Clarence Fahnestock State Park, New York? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Clarence Fahnestock State Park ranging from 2.1 to 11.6 miles and from 370 to 1,276 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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, and an area for sledding. Did You Know? Fahnestock has 79 campsites. 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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rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Good hike, with fun hills to get your heart pumping. Nice in the shade. Good for the dog.

It was a pleasant hike. As 12 mile hikes go, this one was very manageable and enjoyable. The trail tended to be well-groomed and easy to follow. However, there are a couple points on the hike where you are at risk for making a wrong turn because a few shortcut trails exist that are not shown on the AllTrails map. There was one incredible view from Round Hill and two other pretty good lookout points along the way. Also, when you pass by the lake (not sure if the lake has a name, but it’s fed by Clove Creek), definitely walk down to the shore. When I visited, the water was incredibly calm and glassy. It made for some awesome photos!

Awesome hike. Bring bug spray. Mosquitos are everywhere

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bugs
muddy
private property
rocky
21 days ago

Get ready to pull out the bug spray! I re-applied no less than 5 times with an all natural spray and a deet spray during this hike and still left with an impressive 20+ bug bites. In the first couple minutes of the hike you cross a stream which is extremely muddy beforehand and has a trail made to go around but is also completely water-logged. We are talking ankle-deep mud. If you do not bring waterproof shoes and an extra pair of socks you will be miserable. IF, however, you come prepared (bug spray, good shoes, extra socks) you will have a fantastic time! I loved this hike, I went during a thunderstorm so I couldnt see much in terms of views but there were plenty of lookout points along the way. I made a wrong turn and walked along side a road for a mile. Eventually I found my way back to the charcoal burners and continued the last bit of the hike on the Appalachian trail. challenging rock scrambles, although no power climbs as was promised by another review. Overall I really enjoyed it, I'll be doing an out and back on the Appalachian next time I go. I also came across a few concerning signs about no dogs, and being in a boy scout camp police survelienced area.

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bugs
25 days ago

12:40-16:20

We had a fantastic hike on this trail today with our two dogs. Well marked except for the transition from Three Lakes to the Appalachian Trail. Some muddy spots, but it has rained for five days straight - wear good hiking boots! Only saw a couple of people and the pups got some good swimming in. Recommended!

hiking
26 days ago

Pretty wonderful - a perfect day for an easy but picturesque hike. You get great views all the way around the pond. Some parts of the trail are a bit rooty, but not difficult. We hiked at the start of summer but I imagine fall would be excellent too. Our 3-year-old did great - good distance and enough challenge, but that contributed to our slow time. You do see more leaves at that pace...

Beautiful day but cut it short for the puppy. Trail is beautiful-flowers are getting ready to bloom. Water crossings are good as water is not raging.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Probably best in fall.

Wonderful walk through the woods trail. Beautiful and peaceful, and a great length. No spectacular views.

If you want a quiet, peaceful hike, this is a good one. Didn’t pass a single hiker on a Saturday morning. However, there is not much to see. If you want pretty views and more bang for your buck, go a few miles further to Breakneck/Mt Taurus or Storm King.

Very easy loop around the pond. There are campsites and ample parking.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

Dope trail would def do it again!!!

good hike trail clean,

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