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Fahnestock State Park
Description: This large, mostly undeveloped park is a delight for outdoor enthusiasts, whether hiking through the mature forests or boating on Canopus and Stillwater lakes. Over 13,000 acres of the park have been designated a Bird Conservation Area and provide abundant birding opportunities.

Wildlife to Watch: Birders can have a field day here looking for wild turkeys, barred owls, red-shouldered and broad-winged hawks and many different songbirds, including scarlet tanagers, Acadian flycatchers, winter wrens, blue-gray gnatcatchers, hermit thrushes, vireos, Louisiana waterthrushes and at least 10 species of warblers. Some birds found here are listed as “special concern” because of their reduced populations. Northern goshawks have been documented here in winter. In addition to birds, beavers are frequently observed in park lakes and wetlands, and northern river otters are occasionally seen.

Special Tips: 845-225-7207, 75 1498 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512


Other Activities: The park contains over 60 miles of hiking trails, including a 10-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail. In the winter park, there are over 10 miles of groomed cross-country trails and 4 miles of marked snowshoe trails.

Ownership: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 
Size: 14,082 acres 
Closest Town: Carmel

RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingHuntingHorse TrailsLarge BoatsSwimming

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Scarlet Tanager - Photo by Gerry Lemmo
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From the NYS Thruway/I-87, take exit 17 for I-84 east. Merge onto I-84 east and continue for 16 miles to exit 16S for the Taconic State Pkwy. south towards New York City. After 5.5 miles, take the NY-301 W exit towards Cold Spring and turn right onto NY 301 west/Cold Spring Turnpike. Proceed 0.25 mile to the park.

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Fahnestock State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area