CLC’s Public Conservation Areas offer numerous trails by which to explore the outdoors and enjoy many of the natural wonders of the county. We are working with communities to expand opportunities to explore the beauty of Columbia County with new trails county-wide. CLC helped create the Vision Plan for Columbia County Trails – a map of existing trails, those in development, plus opportunities for future paths.
Volunteer groups are spearheading the development of new trails, supported by their local communities. CLC convenes the Columbia County Trails Roundtable, a forum for trails supporters to come together and share their work.
Upcoming Trail Events
Columbia County Trails Roundtable: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, at the office of the Columbia Land Conservancy, 49 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037.
Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks and Trails New York will present “The Economic Impact of the Erie Canalway Trail.” The Erie Canalway Trail is New York State’s longest multi-use path. It’s fun, it’s scenic, and it’s also an economic engine. Ms. Dropkin will present the findings of a study of trail users and the ways in which the trail contributes to the economy. Following the presentation, trail organizations from around the county will share updates on their projects. We hope you join us!
For information, please, contact Christine Vanderlan, 518 392 5252, ext 208.
Past Trail Events
Columbia County Trails Roundtable, Tuesday, December 2, 2014.
Read our notes from the Trails Roundtable here.
Twenty trails supporters gathered to share information about trails projects around the county. We were joined by members of local equestrian groups as well as the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the NY-NJ Trail Conference. The Columbia County Mountain Biking Alliance, Corkscrew Rail Trail Association, Friends of Kinderhook Trails, and the Shaker Swamp Conservancy reported on their trail projects. Mark K. Morrison, designer for the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, presented the plans for the Northwest 11 section which will run from the Village of Philmont to the Village of Chatham. The ensuing conversation covered multiple trail uses, working in tricky areas such as wetlands and narrow rock cuts, restoring bridges, working with abutting landowners, and more. A new community trails coordinator with Winnakee Land Trust (Dutchess County) was also there to check out our Roundtable.
Active Trail Projects
The Columbia County Mountain Bike Alliance has built and maintains trails at the Beebe State Forest in Austerlitz.
The Corkscrew Rail Trail Association is working on a trail along a former rail line in the northeastern part of the county and into Rensselaer County in the towns of New Lebanon and Stephentown.
Friends of Kinderhook Trails opened the Dutch Farming Heritage Trail and is working on the former Albany to Hudson electric trolley line, presently called the Kinderhook-Stockport-Stuyvesant Intermunicipal Trail. The former rail bed is owned by National Grid.
Two sections of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail are open, and work is underway on additional sections extending the trail in Columbia County. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation are working on planning, funding, and opening more sections of the trail, bringing the trail all the way from Wassaic in Dutchess County to the Village of Chatham.
Want to help expand trails in Columbia County?
- Volunteer with CLC.
- Consider joining one of the local trails groups.
- Join our email list to learn of events and opportunities to help out.