Canopus Hill

Peakville, New York

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This pleasant hike follows the Appalachian Trail through hollows and drainages crisscrossed by old stone walls, the remnants of a settlement dating back to the 1700s. It concludes with an ascent of Canopus Hill, where you can get the northernmost view of the New York skyline from the Appalachian Trail. Canopus Hill would seem, by virtue of its rather humble elevation of only around 830 feet, to be hardly worth the effort of exploring. Yet even though the views from the top of Canopus Hill are partly obstructed by trees, on a clear day you can still get a view of the New York skyline—the last one heading north on the Appalachian Trail. Aside from the potential for a view, the draw of this trek is really the hike itself, which is extremely pleasant. It is a nice trip if you’re hiking with younger kids who have a bit of hiking experience. With the exception of the last steep little bit to the top of Canopus Hill, the path follows easy rolling terrain. And considering how busy the Appalachian Trail can be in the nearby Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, this is a hike that generally affords some solitude.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic

by Matt Willen (Menasha Ridge Press)

This pleasant hike follows the Appalachian Trail through hollows and drainages crisscrossed by old stone walls, the remnants of a settlement dating back to the 1700s. It concludes with an ascent of Canopus Hill, where you can get the northernmost view of the New York skyline from the Appalachian Trail.

Canopus Hill would seem, by virtue of its rather humble elevation of only around 830 feet, to be hardly worth the effort of exploring. Yet even though the views from the top of Canopus Hill are partly obstructed by trees, on a clear day you can still get a view of the New York skyline—the last one heading north on the Appalachian Trail. Aside from the potential for a view, the draw of this trek is really the hike itself, which is extremely pleasant. It is a nice trip if you’re hiking with younger kids who have a bit of hiking experience. With the exception of the last steep little bit to the top of Canopus Hill, the path follows easy rolling terrain. And considering how busy the Appalachian Trail can be in the nearby Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, this is a hike that generally affords some solitude.

© 2017 Matt Willen/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Peakville
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 628 feet
Top Elevation: 858 feet
Local Contacts: Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, 845-225-7207, nysparks.com/parks/9
Local Maps: Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York–New Jersey, Maps 1 & 2: Connecticut State Line to New York 17A; USGS Oscawana Lake and West Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Canopus Hill

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