Hudson River Valley

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

Photo Credit: Sarah Seehafer

Less than an hour from New York City in the Hudson Valley, Clarence Fahnestock State Park offers protected forests, lakes, and streams for locals or those who long for a weekend escape from the city.

Noted for its biking, hiking, and equestrian trails, the park is a destination for families, avid explorers, and everyone in between.

Through several large-scale land acquisitions, we have helped to build and protect Fahnestock State Park and its underlying watersheds, creating a precious metropolitan greenbelt.

Doubling a park

In 1929, Dr. Ernest Fahnestock donated the park’s original 2,400 acres as a memorial to his brother Clarence, an avid outdoorsman killed in action during World War I. 

Since the 1990s, working in partnership with the State of New York, we have doubled the size of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, making it a recreational mecca in the Hudson River Valley. Today, Fahnestock is now more than 14,000 acres of protected woodlands, valleys and plateaus.

Revitalizing Canopus Lake Beach

As the park has grown, so have the number of people who use it. While we continue to expand the park, we are also responding to its evolving needs.

In 2016, spurred by our mission of improving public parks, we realized that Fahnestock’s deteriorating and outdated recreational facilities were diminishing the visitor experience.

With our Campaign to Revitalize Canopus Lake Beach, we led the efforts to make critically needed repairs and improvements to Fahnestock, so that future generations can continue to enjoy it, too.

Today, just as the park continues to grow in popularity, we are continuing our efforts to support Fahnestock.

Every year more than 300,000 people come to this spectacular location to hike a stretch of the Appalachian Trail, stake out a prime observation spot in the Bird Conservation Area, take a dip in Canopus Lake, or gear up for the rugged Breakneck Ridge trail nearby the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve.


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