About Us

Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks (FOFHH)

is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 2007 and dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving these two important resources. We support the stewardship of the park's natural and historical resources, as well as educational and recreational opportunities for the public. This is done in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the community through advocacy, education, volunteerism and fundraising.

Ongoing Projects:
  • Partnered with OPRHP, Scenic Hudson, Open Space Institute, and Hudson Highlands Land Trust, along with the County and Towns in the area on the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail. 
  • Partnering with a local historian and art teacher to clear and interpret the ruins at the historic Northgate Area of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve (a.k.a the Cornish Estate).
  • ADA Accessibility Study from the Washburn parking area to the Northgate Area.
  • The Taconic Outdoor Education Center Maple Syrup evaporator needs to be replaced. Please help us raise the funds to replace it by making a tax deductible donation today.
Completed Projects:

The past year has been an exciting one for FOFHH. We sucessfully completed an array of projects, sponsored several events, and collaborated with integral partners within the local and park's community. A few of our highlights include:

  • Partnered with OPRHP, the Taconic Commission and the Alliance for New York State Parks to upgrade the Canopus Beach Bathouse (and make it a 4 season facility).
  • Partnered with an Eagle Scout to build and place a replica of an original gazebo at the historic Northgate Area of Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve.
Upcoming in 2015
  • Work with park staff and the Alliance for New York State Parks to continue moving forward the vision outlined in the Master Plan for the Canopus Beach/Winter Park Area. Renovation to the Winter Park office and Acorn Cafe is scheduled for 2015.
  • Continue working to implement the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail Master Plan. Upgrades to the Washburn Parking Lot off Of Route 9D is scheduled for early 2015.
  • Work with the Alliance for NYS Parks on new signage at and access to Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park.