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Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
480 Rock City Rd, Chatham
On March 17, 2015, the Town of Chatham closed Hartigan Road leading to Ooms Public Conservation Area due to muddy conditions. Please use Rock City Road to access the site. Thank you.
- 180 acres
- 3 miles of trails
- Rolling grasslands, pond, pastoral landscape, Catskill mountain views, and mixed forest
- Benches and gazebo
- Great for birdwatching
- Excellent fishing at the 35-acre Sutherland pond
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.
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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.
There is no hunting at Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond.
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.