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Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area

503 Carson Rd, Ancram


  • 105 acres
  • 2.1 miles of trails
  • 1,318 foot summit with spectacular views of the Harlem Valley and Taconic Mountains
  • Located within the watershed of the Harlem Valley Wetland Complex, which supports a number of rare reptiles
    and plant species.
  • Part of a greater conservation “block” of contiguous properties comprises over 5,000 acres

503 Carson Rd, Ancram

From Route 22 in Ancram at the Columbia/Dutchess County border, turn onto Carson Road. The entrance sign will be on the right approximately .5 mile up from Route 22. Enter the driveway and park in the designated lot on the right (before reaching the private residence).

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Round Ball Mountain Ecological Description  A complete ecological description of the site’s geology, flora and fauna prepared by the Farmscape Ecology Program.


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.


5 Responses to Round Ball Mountain

  1. Marcy says:

    I would really appreciate it if you could put the distance of the trails on your maps. You do put a scale on the maps, but it would be more convenient if they were printed on maps. Thanks.

    • Michael Chameides says:

      Marcy, thanks for the feedback.

      • Green Trail: 1.4 miles
      • Yellow Trail: .3 mile
      • Blue Trail: .2 mile
      • Red Trail: .2 mile
  2. Violet Batycki says:

    Is there someone that I could get in touch with regarding the property that belongs to my family that we are putting up for sale? It’s 13.9 acres at 390 Carson Rd. I would like to find out if the Columbia Land Conservancy might be interested in purchasing it, and making it into public park land, like Round Ball Mountain Area down the same road? I would specify that we would want it to be a no hunting allowed area nature preserve and bird watching area. I would love do this in memory of my grandfather, Dr. Miguel A. Madrid, who was a avid bird watcher and a teacher in NYC public schools. Perhaps it could be made into an additional hiking trail area and bird houses and feeders could be installed? Please let me know who I might speak with regarding this matter, and if this idea might be a possibility to pursue.
    Thank you very much, Violet Batycki 845-471-4357

  3. Jenny Brinker says:

    Wild Columbine, Jack in the Pulpit, and Rue Anenome blooming.

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