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Harris


About This Site

The Harris property includes 1.9 miles of trails on 76 acres of land. The hemlock forests provide habitat for a variety of different birds. In the temporary vernal pools, you may see the eggs of frogs and salamanders in the spring, and their young as they hatch. These woodland pools provide critical habitat for amphibians. The property’s cliffs and outcroppings are home to lichens over a century old. The small piles of rocks form crevices and caves that provide great habitat for bats, porcupines, and snakes. Harris is a great place to:

•  Hike – trails are easy to moderate
•  Birdwatch and track who you see using the eBird app!
•  Cross-country ski
•  Fish (permit required, visit the CLC office at 49 Main Street in Chatham to obtain one)•  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

Gordon Harris donated the property to CLC to be used for recreation and wildlife conservation. We also thank the Greenagers, a Great Barrington-based nonprofit, for partnering to provide youth with natural-resources based work experience maintaining the trails and building the site’s stone staircases. If you’re interested in learning more, read the site’s brochure.

Click here for directions to 105 Bloody Hollow Road, Austerlitz, NY

Columbia Land Conservancy
49 Main Street
Chatham, NY 12037
518.392.5252
info@clctrust.org

 

Our office is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Monday - Friday.

 

Public Conservation Areas are open dawn to dusk every day.
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