Columbia Land Conservancy
Hours and Information

Hours and Information

The Columbia Land Conservancy has ten Public Conservation Areas for you to visit! Each offer unique opportunities to get to know nature. Public Conservation Areas are open for all, and CLC believes the outdoors should be accessible and welcoming for everyone. If you have suggestions for improving sites, please contact CLC at [email protected]

It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge Public Conservation Areas are located on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, who are the Indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. This land is near the homelands of other Indigenous peoples and First Nations, including the Schaghticoke First Nations. Indigenous peoples continue efforts to steward the land today. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

Ooms Boardwalk Closed

The boardwalk at Ooms located to the west of Sutherland Pond (near trail junction 1) is closed. Alternate trail route information can be found on the Ooms page.

Guidelines for Visiting

  • All Public Conservation Areas are open everyday, dawn to dusk.
  • Be kind to other visitors. Everyone is welcome, and there is no one right way to respectfully enjoy the outdoors.
  • Observe all site rules. Swimming, camping, open fires, and alcohol consumption are prohibited.
  • Keep all dogs on a leash, and pick up after them. Some visitors are frightened of dogs, and many sites are home to sensitive wildlife that can be disturbed by off-leash pups.
  • No restrooms or trash cans are located at Public Conservation Areas, please take all trash with you.
  • Use only on marked trails, and park only in designated parking lots.
  • Parking areas at the Public Conservation Areas will be plowed after snowfall (with exception of Drowned Lands). Please park safely to allow plowing. Walking trails will not be shoveled or plowed.

Thank you

Maintenance at our Public Conservation Areas has been supported by the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, Ellsworth Kelly and the Jack Shear Foundation, the Land Trust Alliance, the Quailwood Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Hudson River Estuary Program, the Hudson River Greenway, the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and the Wellspring Foundation. We use counters to gather data about trail use.  This helps us to better understand and manage our trails, and is very important when applying for grants and other funding.  To learn more about the TRAFx trail counters we use, please click here.