Ooms Conservation Area features 2.9 miles of trails on 180 acres of land. This spectacular property includes rolling grasslands, pond, pastoral landscape, Catskill mountain views, and mixed forest habitats. There are benches and a gazebo for relaxing and birdwatching, and excellent fishing at the 35-acre Sutherland pond.
This conservation area is named after two families who have been in the area for generations. The pond is named after the Sutherland family, who lived across the road from the conservation area in the 1800s. In the 1950s, the Ooms family arrived from the Netherlands and began a dairy operation on the fields surrounding the pond. In 2001, CLC, in conjunction with the Open Space Institute, purchased this 180-acre parcel from the Ooms family to permanently ensure its availability to the public.
480 Rock City Rd, Chatham
From the Taconic State Parkway: Take the exit marked for Route 295, East Chatham/Chatham. From the north, turn right off the exit ramp onto Hartigan Road. From the south, turn left onto Route 295 heading toward Chatham, proceed under the Taconic State Parkway, and then turn right onto Hartigan Road (which also leads to the southbound ramp to the Taconic State Parkway – keep to the left to avoid getting on the parkway). Follow Hartigan Road for one mile until you come to a “Y” intersection. Proceed left for 0.3 miles; the main parking area will be on the left.
From downtown Chatham: follow Route 295 east for approximately 2.5 miles. You will pass Kling Magnetics on the left and the transfer station on the right. Turn left at Hartigan Road, as if you were entering the Taconic State Parkway southbound, then stay straight, past the Taconic entry ramp. Follow Hartigan Road for one mile until you come to a “Y” intersection. Go left for 0.3 mile and the main parking area will be on the left.