Guidelines for Visiting
The Columbia Land Conservancy’s ten Public Conservation Areas 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]
- Public Conservation Areas are open every day from 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 in Public Conservation Areas, please take all trash with you.
- Use only 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.
Maintenance at 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. CLC uses counters to gather data about trail use. This helps better understand and manage trails and is very important when applying for grants and other funding. To learn more about the TRAFx trail counters, please click here.