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Clarence Fahnestock State Park

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Subject: Kent, New York, List of New York state parks, Westchester-Putnam Council, Putnam County, New York, Canopus Lake
Collection: Parks in Dutchess County, New York, Parks in Putnam County, New York, State Parks of New York
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Clarence Fahnestock State Park

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park
A view of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Autumn.
Clarence Fahnestock State Park is located in New York
Location of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park within New York State
Type State park
Location 1498 Route 301
Carmel, New York[1]
Nearest city Carmel, New York
Area 14,086 acres (57.00 km2)
Created 1929 (1929)
Operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors 285,464 (in 2014)[2]
Open All year
Website Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, also known as Fahnestock State Park, is a 14,086-acre (57.00 km2) New York state park located in Putnam and Dutchess counties. The park has hiking trails, a beach on Canopus Lake, and fishing on four ponds and two lakes.[3] 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.


  • History 1
  • Park description 2
    • Fahnestock Winter Park 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The original land, a donation of about 2,400 acres (9.7 km2), was donated 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.

During the United States federal government shutdown of 2013, the park was the subject of a satirical "imagined monologue" published by McSweeney's Internet Tendency.[4]

Park description

Pelton Pond is located 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.[5]

Fahnestock Winter Park

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.

See also


  1. ^ NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park - Getting There". Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park". Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kleckner, Rob (October 3, 2013). "I am Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, and this government shutdown is my time to shine". McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein; et al. (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth".  

External links

  • New York State Parks: Clarence Fahnestock State Park
  • New York State Parks: Fahnestock Winter Park
  • New York State Parks: Taconic Outdoor Education Center
  • New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

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