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 at the 35-acre Sutherland pond.
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.
CLC regrets we are unable to lawfully allow swimming at any of our properties. For more information about each site’s rules, click here.