CLC regrets we are unable to lawfully allow swimming at any of our properties. For more information about each site’s rules, click here.

About The Site

Ooms Conservation Area in Chatham features 2.9 miles of trails on 180 acres of land. This spectacular property includes rolling grasslands, pond, pastoral landscape, Catskill mountain views, and mixed forest habitats.  There are benches and a gazebo for relaxing and birdwatching, and excellent fishing (by permit only – contact CLC to get one) at the 35-acre Sutherland Pond.

What to Do Here

Hike – trails are easy to moderate
Birdwatch and track who you see using the eBird app!
Cross-country Ski
Fish (permit required)
• Enjoy a guided tour using the Vizzit App!
Join CLC in the Hike Five Challenge by hiking at least 5 any of our 10 Public Conservation Areas and receive a prize! Click here for more information and to download your entry form!

Site History

This Conservation Area is named after two families who have been in the area for generations.  The pond is named after the Sutherland family, who lived across the road from the conservation area in the 1800s. In the 1950s, the Ooms family arrived from the Netherlands and began a dairy operation on the fields surrounding the pond.  In 2001, CLC, in conjunction with the Open Space Institute, purchased this 180-acre parcel from the Ooms family to permanently ensure its availability to the public. To learn more, download the site’s brochure.

Click here for directions to Ooms Conservation Area 480 Rock City Road, Chatham, NY

Columbia Land Conservancy
49 Main Street
Chatham, NY 12037




Public Conservation Areas are open dawn to dusk every day.
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