Drowned Lands Swamp

About The Site

You can visit a 350-foot knoll with expansive views of not only the swamp, but also surrounding protected farmland. This Public Conservation Area includes a portion of the Drowned Lands Swamp ecosystem, one of the largest wetland complexes in southeastern New York. Drowned Lands Swamp in Ancram boasts 1.5 miles of trails on 114 acres of land. Click HERE to view a full size trail map.

Drowned Land Swamp is a great place to:

•  Hike – trails are easy to moderate and primarily forested. Please note the site can be very buggy, and you may wish to avoid visiting Drowned Lands during black fly season (June – July).
•  Birdwatch and track who you see using the eBird app!
•  Enjoy a guided tour using the Vizzit App!
•  Join CLC in the Hike Five Challenge by hiking 5 of our 10 Public Conservation Areas and you’ll be eligible to receive a prize!
•  Click HERE for more information and to download your entry form!

Trail Map

Site History

In 1995, the Salisbury Bank and Trust Company of Connecticut generously donated approximately 100 acres of land to CLC, establishing what is now Drowned Lands Swamp. CLC enlarged the area in 2000 through an additional acquisition. Local folklore includes tales of stills operating during prohibition, either on the property or across the road. If you’d like to learn more, you can download the informational brochure.

Click here for directions to Drowned Lands Swamp, 645 County Route 3, Ancram, NY

Columbia Land Conservancy
49 Main Street
Chatham, NY 12037




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