Public Conservation Areas
The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) has established 5,750 acres of public land that are open to the public for hiking and outdoor enjoyment. There are 10 natural areas, on 2,300 acres, that CLC owns or manages. The areas offer a diversity of experiences and ecosystems. We have a nature quest book with 9 adventures. In addition to our 10 natural areas that we maintain, we also have an outdoor guidebook, walkbook, bike routes, and a list of public lands.
Now through August, we are mapping the scenic views of Columbia County and we need your help! Share the views that you most enjoy by adding them to our interactive Mapper. These views could be of any part of the landscape. Rolling hills, a winding stream, or large vistas – whatever you like best. Please make sure the views are from a public road, trail, park or other public location, such as our Public Conservation Areas. Click here to participate. Thank you!
View CLC Conservation Areas in a larger map
CLC owned and managed properties give me some of the best nature photography locations in New York!
Robert R. Stone
Public Conservation Areas
- Borden’s Pond Conservation Area – Chatham/Ghent
- Drowned Lands Swamp Conservation Area – Ancram
- Greenport Conservation Area – Greenport
- Hand Hollow Conservation Area – New Lebanon
- Harrier Hill Park – Stockport (owned by Scenic Hudson and managed by CLC)
- High Falls Conservation Area – Philmont/Claverack
- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond – Chatham
- Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area – Ancram
- Schor Conservation Area – Canaan
- Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area – Ghent
CLC properties are open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Admission is free, donations to CLC are appreciated.
All properties have parking areas.
Pets must be on leash at all times, except when swimming.
“Carry in, carry out”. In an effort to minimize human impact on the conservation areas, no trash receptacles are located at the sites. Take your trash with you when you leave.
Dog owners must remove dog waste from the site. Leaving dog waste on the site is harmful to wildlife and creates a major annoyance to site visitors and CLC maintenance staff. There are no trash receptacles located on the site.
People are not allowed to swim.
|Motorized vehicles are not allowed unless they are part of an official CLC program.|
Fishing is permitted with NYS License.
Limited hunting is allowed on some of the CLC properties as part of the overall management plans.
Audio equipment or radio use is allowed with earphones only.
Please respect the plants, animals, and artifacts at the sites as they make the properties special.