We are working with communities to expand opportunities to explore the beauty of Columbia County with new trails county-wide. CLC is a partner to communities pursuing public open space and trail projects throughout Columbia County. Our services include assistance with planning, grant proposals and grant management, mapping, public presentations, and outreach to enlist support from local, county, and state government. CLC helped create the Vision Plan for Columbia County Trails – a map of existing trails, those in development, plus opportunities for future paths.

The Empire State Trail is coming to Columbia County! This trail will complete a major rail trail project long planned in Columbia County, the Albany Electric Trail. Learn more here.

Volunteer groups are spearheading the development of new trails, supported by their local communities. CLC convenes the Columbia County Trails Trails Task Force. The purpose of the Trails Task Force is to:

  • Provide a unified vision for a comprehensive county-wide recreational trail system;
  • Promote the trail system and its many benefits;
  • Advocate for and expand on the existing extensive trail development and management capacity; and
  • Coordinate and connect the efforts of the many groups within the county and region that support trails.

To find out more about current trail-related events and roundtables and how you can get involved, contact Christine Vanderlan at christine.vanderlan@clctrust.org or visit our Calendar!


The Columbia County Mountain Bike Alliance has built and maintains trails at the Beebe State Forest in Austerlitz.

The Corkscrew Rail Trail Association is working on a trail along a former rail line in the northeastern part of the county and into Rensselaer County in the towns of New Lebanon and Stephentown.

Friends of Kinderhook Trails opened the Dutch Farming Heritage Trail and is working on the former Albany to Hudson electric trolley line, presently called the Kinderhook-Stockport-Stuyvesant Intermunicipal Trail. The former rail bed is owned by National Grid. As of 2017, the trail on the old electric trolley line is now a project of New York State and the Hudson River Valley Greenway, as part of the Empire State Trail.Learn more by clicking here.

Two sections of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail are open, and work is underway on additional sections extending the trail in Columbia County. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association http://hvrt.org and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation are working on planning, funding, and opening more sections of the trail, bringing the trail all the way from Wassaic in Dutchess County to the Village of Chatham.