OSI spearheads the creation of the Big Woods Drive and Appalachian Trailhead additions to Fahnestock State Park.
In August 2021, building on a 30-year commitment to land conservation in and around Fahnestock State Park in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Open Space Institute (OSI) and New York State announced the opening of new parking and trail access at Fahnestock State Park and the Appalachian Trail in Putnam County.
The new Big Woods Drive and Appalachian Trail trailheads are part of a series of OSI-led park enhancement projects aimed making the park more welcoming to visitors by improving access to OSI-protected land, adding new parking areas to enhance safety, and adding wayfinding signage for better navigation.
The $5 million project was planned, funded, and constructed by OSI through a generous contribution from the Topfield Foundation and prominent Hudson Valley conservationist and philanthropist, Anne Perkins Cabot.
Under the project, a new trailhead and 25-car parking lot is now open off State Route 301 west of Canopus Lake, which will reduce current hiker parking along the busy highway. The project also includes a second new trailhead and 15-car parking lot off Route 301 for the nearby Appalachian Trail, as well as Fahnestock State Park gateway signage at US Route 9 and the Taconic State Parkway announcing arrival at the park.