We’ve got ten wonderful places for you to visit for free, dawn to dusk.


Click here to view a brochure the describes all the sites.

Guided smartphone tours of most Public Conservation Areas are available through Vizzit, a free app that works on Apple and Android phones. We recommend downloading the app and the tours you’re interested in before you hit the trail, as many of the sites have limited reception, which may interfere with the app’s functionality.

Our Public Conservation Areas are open year-round from dawn to dusk, and free to the public (though of course, we encourage you to make a donation if you enjoyed yourself!). These areas provide a variety of different experiences for visitors, whether you’re interested in trekking up the hills at Round Ball Mountain or Drowned Lands, or watching the monarchs at Greenport Conservation Area (which includes an Accessible for All trail for individuals who use a wheelchair).

ENJOY YOUR DAY, RESPECT THE SETTING

  • Hours and fees. Public Conservation Areas are open dawn to dusk. Admission is free
  • Dogs. All dogs must remain on a leash, and owners must remove dog waste.
  • Trash. No receptacles are located on-site. Please take your trash with you.
  • Cars and parking. Park only in the designated parking area.
  • Swimming. We are not legally able to permit swimming at any of our sites. Dogs may swim.
  • Respect the site and its visitors. Audio equipment and radio use is allowed with earphones only. Drones are only allowed with permission from CLC. Alcohol is prohibited. Foraging is prohibited.
  • Fire. Open fires are prohibited.
  • Camping. Camping is prohibited. Items left overnight are subject to removal by CLC staff.
  • Hunting and fishing are allowed at select sites by permit only. Contact Doug Brown to learn more about how to obtain a permit.

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.