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Fahnestock State Park Day Hike

Clarence 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.The 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. 


Troop 71 will be heading to Fahnestock for a day hike along the Appalachian Trail/Blue Trail loop on Sunday, 3/13/16.  This "moderate" hike is open to the entire Troop, but bear in mind that parts of this may be a little strenuous and involve some rock scrambling.  

THIS IS ALSO A SHAKEDOWN TRIP FOR THE PHILMONT 2016 CREW, who must also bring a day pack. Philmont Crew will eat a Philmont lunch, but everyone else should brown bag their lunch.

No fee but Permission Slips for Scouts due by 3/10.  PARENTS: PLEASE INDICATE ON SLIP IF YOU ARE ATTENDING AND THE MAKE, MODEL & YEAR OF YOUR VEHICLE.

Details:
  • Meet at the usual LIRR parking lot across from the Plandome Country Club at 6:30 am on 3/13. Please be prompt.
  • Everyone must have good hiking boots (NO SNEAKERS), proper attire and at least a half gallon (64 ounces) of water each, and have eaten a good breakfast before the hike.
Directions:
  • Address: Appalachian Blue Trailhead, 1077 Cold Spring Turnpike, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
  • Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge, stay right towards I-95N
  • Take Exit 9 to Hutchinson River Parkway
  • In about 11 miles merge onto I-684 N (towards Brewster)
  • Take Exit 9W for I-84 W towards (towards Newburgh)
  • Take Exit 16S for Taconic State Parkway
  • In about 6 miles turn right towards NY 301W/Cold Spring Turnpike
  • Parking area is about 1 mile on right along lake