Columbia Land Conservancy
Hand Hollow

Hand Hollow

About Hand Hollow

Hand Hollow includes nearly 3.0 miles of trails. Much of the site is forested. Visitors can also explore an open meadow and kayak or fish in Meizinger Lake, which includes an accessible kayak launch. There are active beaver and great blue heron populations at this site, as well as a number of spring wildflowers.

Address & Getting There

There are two entrances at Hand Hollow.
To enter at the Beaver Byway: 4079 County Rd 9, East Chatham, NY
To enter at the Lake Loop: 451 Gale Hill Road, East Chatham, NY (use this entrance for kayaking access)
If you are planning to use the Gale Hill Road entrance please use 398 Gale Hill Road when entering in GPS. The 451 is the official 911 road number, but some GPS systems lead elsewhere. 


Fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are all permitted, click here to obtain a fishing permit. Hunting is permitted at Hand Hollow. 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 Hand Hollow and Nature Quest are available.

Hand Hollow
TravelStorys tour

Nature Quest
TravelStorys tour

Trail Map

Hand Hollow’s trails include a grass path, packed earth, and gravel turnpikes. Trails may be muddy after rain, and the meadow at the County Route 9 entrance can be buggy in summer months.