Thursday, February 15, 2007

Fanhestock Park in New York and the AT

In the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal of 14 February 2007, Larry Hertz has an article titled "Putnam Park Has Something For All". The "Putnam Park" means 'a park in Putnam County,' not 'a park named Putnam Park.'

The piece describes the Clarence Fahnestock State Park that's over 14,000 acres in size.

"Hikers have a choice of a network of trails, including a portion of the famed Appalachian Trail, a 2,160-mile footpath that stretches from Maine to Georgia. The four-mile segment that winds through the park offers stunning vistas, including one above the park's largest lake, Town of Poughkeepsie resident Ron Rosen said.

"Going south from the Dutchess County part of the trail, you'll find a stunning 360-degree view, and beyond that, there's a beautiful overlook above Canopus Lake," said Rosen, a former chairman of the Dutchess-Putnam Appalachian Trail Management Committee and a member of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference."

I like that view of Canopus Lake, too. It's most "stunning" coming at it from the north because, I think, you get surprised by it. From the south, you walk alongside the lake and then the Trail climbs up to the vista, so you know it's coming.

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