Canopus Hill

Peakville, New York 13756

Canopus Hill

Canopus Hill Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
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"Canopus Hill is a good place to go when daily routines keep you from having much time to escape to the outdoors but the urge to be there is too strong to ignore. The hike to the top of the hill for a view of the surrounding countryside is short and easy. Follow the A.T. south, crossing a small stream in 0.1 mile and walking through a forest of evergreen and deciduous trees. The viewpoint on the top of Canopus Hill is reached only 0.75 mile from the road. Return to Canopus Hill Road by following the A.T. north." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
628 feet
Trailhead Elevation
858 feet
Top Elevation
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, 845-225-7207,
Local Contacts
Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York–New Jersey, Maps 1 & 2: Connecticut State Line to New York 17A; USGS Oscawana Lake and West Point
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Dec 2018