Get Outdoors on National Outdoors Day, June 8th! Columbia County, New York offers a wide variety of unique and exciting outdoor activities this time of year. Not only does CLC offer 10 Public Conservation Areas for you to visit, there are also many other fantastic places to see in our community! Whether you’re looking to hike, bike, visit a farmer’s market or take a stroll at a historic site – Columbia County is the place to be! Here are 10 places you can visit to enjoy this National Outdoors Day!
Located in Chatham, New York off Rock City Road. Ooms Conservation Area offers 2.9 miles of trails to walk on a breathtaking 180 acre piece of land that has a little something for everyone!
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 (by permit only – contact CLC to get one) at the 35-acre Sutherland Pond.
Located in Ghent, New York, Art Omi offers 300 acres of beautiful, rolling fields of extraordinary art work and architecture. Explore large scale, outdoor pieces while you walk through open fields, woods and pond areas. New pieces of artwork are added each year, which means you’ll have to come back!
Not only can you visit the Martin Van Buren home and explore the inside of his Kinderhook home. You can also explore the land it’s situated on! Learn about Van Buren’s family farm by walking one of the parks trails. Enjoy the magnificent scenery and history of Kinderhook, New York while you stretch your legs and get some fresh air!
The High Falls Conservation Area is home to Columbia County’s highest waterfall. The wooded trails bring visitors to a dramatic overlook with views of the falls and provide access to the Agawamuck Creek. The Agawamuck Creek flows northwest until eventually joining the Claverack Creek on its way to the Hudson River. You can enjoy several hiking trails at High Falls, as well as fishing.
High Falls is exceptionally rich in cultural history. The Agawamuck Creek and these falls have been an important part of Philmont’s history and development.
Hike, paddle, camp or fish this multipurpose, recreation area! Explore over 2000 acres of the Beebe Hill and Harvey Mountain State Forest, located in Austerlitz, New York!
Harvey Mountain has the highest elevation in Columbia County at 2,065 feet! Hike to the fire tower for endless views of this place we call home.
Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers a wonderful variety of recreational activities. Lay on the beaches, swim, bike, hike, fish, or cross country ski during winter months! This park has a lot to offer and if you don’t want to leave, you can even camp or stay in one of their cottages!
Located in Copake Falls, New York, hike your way from Columbia County, New York right into Massachusetts and Connecticut on 16 miles of beautiful wooded trails. Hike to the waterfalls and take in the views or stay a while and take in the full experience by camping! Walk or bike the Harlem Valley Rail Trail then take a dip in Ore Pit Pond (while lifeguards are on duty, of course).
This site offers spectacular views of the Harlem Valley, Hudson Valley, and Taconics. The Overmountain Conservation Area is the largest Public Conservation Area in the Columbia Land Conservancy’s portfolio, at 1,700 acres in size.
The site includes more than ten miles of trails. Some follow the ridgeline above the Harlem Valley, offering spectacular views of the Taconic Range to the east and Catskill Mountains to the west, with the entire Hudson Valley in between.
Nestled in between the woodlands of Hillsdale, New York and the Berkshire Mountains explore the area by air! Catamount Aerial Adventure Park offers 12 separate courses with over 170 elements and 50 zip lines! Perfect for summer or fall!
Located in Stockport, New York a short distance from Hudson. Explore, hike or walk your dog on 6 acres of scenic views. Sit under the gazebo and admire the views or the Catskill Mountains and walk what was once a dairy farm. Enjoy the wild life and watch the birds in the grasslands and listen to their sweet songs during your stroll!