1498 Route 301
Named in 2005 as one of Reserve America's Top Outdoor Locations.
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.
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
For more information:
- 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.