Public Conservation Areas

About Our Sites

We’ve got ten wonderful places for you to visit for free, dawn to dusk. Enjoy Your Day, Respect the SettingPlease follow these rules in order to ensure you and others can have a safe, enjoyable time while visiting these sites.  Sites are open between dawn and dusk. Camping is prohibited and objects left overnight may … Continue reading About Our Sites

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Borden’s Pond

About the Site 62-acre Borden’s Pond is home to 1.6 miles of forested trails. Though it’s close to the village, Borden’s Pond is home to a diverse wildlife and forest composition, sloping streamside trails, and wetland and Catskill Mountain views.   What to Do Here Hike – trails are easy to moderate and primarily forested Birdwatch … Continue reading Borden’s Pond

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About The Site This 736-acre site within walking distance of Hudson includes 7 miles of trails. Greenport also includes an Access-for-All wheelchair friendly trail. As you explore the park on one of its many trails, take in excellent Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views. What to Do Here Hike – trails are easy to moderate  Birdwatch … Continue reading Greenport

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Hand Hollow

About The Site This site features woodlands, meadows, a lake, two ponds, streams, and wetlands. This variety of habitats makes it a prime location for spotting beavers, otters, black bear, bobcat, and wild turkey as you meander the 2.8 miles of trails or enjoy prime fishing access (fishing is by permit only – stop in to … Continue reading Hand Hollow

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About This Site The Harris property includes 1.9 miles of trails on 76 acres of land. The hemlock forests provide habitat for a variety of different birds. In the temporary vernal pools, you may see the eggs of frogs and salamanders in the spring, and their young as they hatch. These woodland pools provide critical habitat … Continue reading Harris

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High Falls

About The Site 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 … Continue reading High Falls

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About The Site Ooms Conservation Area in Chatham features 2.9 miles of trails on 180 acres of land. 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 … Continue reading Ooms

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  About The Site 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 is comprised of three main areas: Round Ball Mountain, Fox Hill, and Kite Hill, which you can learn more … Continue reading Overmountain

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About The Site Schor Conservation Area encompasses 233 acres with 2.5 miles of trails. A summit along the trails offers views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. On a clear day, the city of Albany is visible. Schor is also home to interesting ecology – a complete ecological description of the site’s geology, flora and fauna was prepared … Continue reading Schor

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