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AMC Interchapter Novice Family Hiking & Camping Workshop (Pet-Friendly), Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, Carmel NY

Date and Time

Friday, July 31, 2020 - Sunday, August 2, 2020


Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, Carmel NY,
New York, Hudson River Valley,


Registration is required for this activity.


Family fun hiking and camping weekend July 31st 2020 (after 3 PM) to August 2nd (until 11 AM) at Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Carmel NY. Have fun, Improve your hiking and camping skills, and look forward to the option to backpack in the future. This program is at a walk-in (3 - 4 minutes) rustic group campsite next to the Appalachian Trail (AT). Rustic means tent camping, cooking outdoors and there are only portable toilets for bathroom facilities. Volunteer leaders from across the AMC will assist teaching safe group hiking and camping skills along with Leave-No-Trace best practices. This program is free and open to the public. Participants provide their own transportation, camping and hiking gear appropriate for the weather, food and snacks. AMC provides the group campsite and volunteer leadership. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and there are specific rules for pets that join to keep them and everyone else safe. Last years program included group activities on hikes and demonstrations how to use various water filters and hang food to keep it safe from animals, how to pack a pack and what to pack for various seasons. There will be lots of gear to show how we go about having fun in the outdoors year round. There will be free time Saturday afternoon that families can relax on their own or drive to the state park beach area where for a fee they can park and use those facilities. This location is convenient to major highways and mass transit. There are ride share options to get to the campground. We encourage carpooling and will assist with transportation. The photo above is from our previous location in Harriman State Park. The new location does not have any buildings where we will be camping. For more information, contact any of the leaders.

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Past participants say...

"The photo says it all -- we had a blast last year"

Related Link(s):

Register Here
Photo album from the 2019 program
Clarence Fahnestock State Park Information
Trail map for smart phones

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

We reserved group campsite 3 at the location pinned on the map. Driving directions will be provided to registered participants. AMC Risk management policy: Participant safety is the top priority on all AMC trips. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult throughout the trip. Adults must take responsibility for the safety of children. Every family must sign the AMC waiver (standard waiver of release) and photo-release form. The photo release is optional. If you are bringing kids who are not your own children, the parent or legal guardian needs to sign the release forms prior to the trip.

AMC Family Camping Workshop


Instruction (Skills)

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