Fahnestock State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Created in part by a gift of land donated by Dr. Ernest Fahnestock in memory of his brother Clarence who died in World War I, Fahnestock State Park presently encompasses more than 12,000 acres of small ponds, wooded ridges, and thickets of blueberry. More recently, the nonprofit Open Space Institute (OSI) has worked to gradually expand its footprint. Before the Fahnestock family owned this piece of northern Putnam County, it was intensively mined for iron ore that the West Point Foundry then used to make munitions from the late eighteenth century until 1876. The campground is opposite the park office and swimming beach on Canopus Lake, just off the Taconic State Parkway. Sites are arranged on either side of a park road that forms a loop at the southern end, next to Pelton Pond. Tent lots are clustered on a ridge, screening them from each other somewhat, while the mixed tent and trailer sites in the loop are more exposed, if closer to the two comfort stations. Seventeen different hiking routes, including a 10-mile section of the Appalachian Trail, cut through Fahnestock State Park."