The Columbia Land Conservancy has ten Public Conservation Areas for you to visit! Each offer unique opportunities to get to know nature.
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.
Guidelines for Visiting
- Public Conservation Areas are open to the public for free from dawn to dusk daily. Camping is not permitted.
- No restrooms or trash cans are located at Public Conservation Areas, please take all trash with you.
- Dogs must remain on a leash for your protection, your dog’s safety, and the safety of other visitors and wildlife.
- Swimming is not permitted at any of our sites, for your protection and for the protection of wildlife and habitats.
- 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 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.