“CLC’s conservation areas offer exceptional beauty in every season. I am grateful for the opportunities they provide for exercise and contemplation, all within a short distance of my home.”
– Edward Fallon
Click on each Public Conservation Area to access trail maps and learn more. Click here to view a brochure the describes all the sites.
Our Public Conservation Areas are open year-round from dawn to dusk, and free to the public (though of course, we encourage you to make a donation if you enjoyed yourself!). These areas provide a variety of different experiences for visitors, whether you’re interested in trekking up the hills at Round Ball Mountain or Drowned Lands, or watching the monarchs at Greenport Conservation Area (which includes an Accessible for All trail for individuals who use a wheelchair).
We use counters to gather data about trail use. This helps us to better understand and manage our trails, and is very important when applying for grants and other funding. To learn more about the TRAFx trail counters we use, please click here.
ENJOY YOUR DAY, RESPECT THE SETTING
- Hours and fees. Public Conservation Areas are open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
- Pets. All dogs must remain on a leash, and owners must remove dog waste.
- Trash. No receptacles are located on-site. Please take your trash with you.
- Cars and parking. Park only in the designated parking area.
- Swimming. We are not legally able to permit swimming at any of our sites. Dogs may swim.
- Respect the site and its visitors. Audio equipment and radio use is allowed with earphones only. Drones are allowed with permission from CLC. Alcohol is prohibited. Please respect the plants, animals, and artifacts at the sites, as they are part of what make these properties special.
- Hunting and fishing are allowed at select sites by permit only. Contact Nate Davis to learn more about how to obtain a permit.
HUNTING AND FISHING
The Columbia Land Conservancy issues permits every year to a small number of individuals to hunt deer at six of our Public Conservation Areas. When visiting these sites during hunting season – October through December – particularly during early morning and evening hours, please wear orange or other bright colors. Click here to learn more about hunting at CLC properties.
Fishing at Conservation Areas is by permit only; New York State regulations and license requirements apply. For further information, please contact Nate Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518.392.5252, ext. 205.
Please be aware that your watercraft, equipment, and personal gear can spread aquatic invasive species to other bodies of water. Click here for more information about how you can stop the spread of invasive species.
Maintenance at our Public Conservation Areas has been supported by the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation and the Wellspring Foundation.