Columbia Land Conservancy
Drowned Lands Swamp

Drowned Lands Swamp

About Drowned Lands Swamp

Drowned Lands Swamp includes 1.5 miles of trails through wetlands and forests. Much of this site is part of the Harlem Valley wetlands complex, one of the largest wetlands in New York. The site has an interesting history – local folklore recounts stills operating during Prohibition. Reportedly, still operators used the flagpole at the top of Old Croken to notify potential buyers when batches were ready. This site has a heavy black fly population, so you may wish to visit outside the summer months.

Address & Getting There

654 County Route 3, Ancram, NY

Town may appear as Ancram or Ancramdale, and the exact address number may not correspond with your GPS or map app – be on the lookout for the entrance sign.


Hunting is permitted at Drowned Lands Swamp by permit only. Hunters must get permission from CLC, stay 300 feet away from all trails, clearly label stands, and report back at the end of their season. The season begins October 1 and concludes December 20. Hikers are encouraged to stay on the trails at the sites, wear brightly colored clothing (and consider putting gear on your dog!), and hike during the daytime. Virtual tours of Drowned Lands and Nature Quest are available.

Drowned Lands Swamp
TravelStorys tour

Nature Quest
TravelStorys tour

Trail Map

The trails at Drowned Lands are primarily packed earth, with some rocks. The Streamside Trail can be muddy, and the Summit Trail includes a steep incline.