Clarence Fahnestock State Park

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Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park
Lake in Fahnestock Park.jpg
A view of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Autumn.
Clarence Fahnestock State Park is located in New York
Clarence Fahnestock State Park
Location of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park within New York State
TypeState park
Location1498 Route 301
Carmel, New York[1]
Nearest cityCarmel, New York
Coordinates41°25′44″N 73°51′29″W / 41.429°N 73.858°W / 41.429; -73.858Coordinates: 41°25′44″N 73°51′29″W / 41.429°N 73.858°W / 41.429; -73.858
Area14,337 acres (58.02 km2)[2]
Created1929 (1929)
Operated byNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors285,464 (in 2014)[3]
OpenAll year
WebsiteClarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, also known as Fahnestock State Park, is a 14,337-acre (58.02 km2) state park located in Putnam and Dutchess counties, New York.[2] The park has hiking trails, a beach on Canopus Lake, and fishing on four ponds and two lakes.[1] Most of the park is situated in northern Putnam County between the Taconic State Parkway and U.S. Route 9.

During the winter season, part of the park functions as the Fahnestock Winter Park. The park also includes an environmental center known as the Taconic Outdoor Education Center.


The park was created through a donation of about 2,400 acres (9.7 km2) in 1929 by Dr. Ernest Fahnestock as a memorial to his brother Clarence, who died in the post-World War I influenza epidemic treating patients with the disease.


Pelton Pond within the park

Clarence Fahnestock State Park includes a beach, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, recreation programs, a nature trail, hiking and biking, a bridle path, seasonal turkey and deer hunting, fishing and ice fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites, a boat launch with boat rentals, and a food concession.

The park's forests form part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.[4]

Fahnestock Winter Park[edit]

Contained within Clarence Fahnestock State Park is Fahnestock Winter Park, which is open from December through March, depending on conditions. The winter park offers sledding (tube only), cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, recreation programs and a nature trail. Equipment rental, lessons, and a food concession are available.

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  1. ^ a b "Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. p. 671. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein; et al. (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience. 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. Archived from the original on 2011-10-14.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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