About The Site

This site offers spectacular views of the Harlem Valley, Hudson Valley, and Taconics. The Overmountain Conservation Area is the largest Public Conservation Area in the Columbia Land Conservancy’s portfolio, at 1,700 acres in size, and includes more than ten miles of trails. The site is comprised of three main areas: Round Ball Mountain, Fox Hill, and Kite Hill. The Fox Hill Trailhead is not yet open. Enjoy a hike at Overmountain? Visit four more Public Conservation Areas as part of the Hike Five Challenge!

Listen to guided tours about Overmountain Conservation Area using TravelStory!
Click here to listen to the Fox Hill Tour
Click here to listen to the Gazebo Tour

Click here for directions to Overmountain Conservation Area: 138 Catalano Road, Ancram, NY

A note on directions: The road where the Kite Hill entrance is located variously appears as Cattalino, Catalano, Catalonus, and other alternate spellings, depending on which mapping service you’re using. The name on the road sign is Catalano.

Current Projects Happening at This Site

Overmountain Conservation Area Meadow Restoration

CLC is working with volunteers, contractors, and scientists to transform a corn field into habitat for native pollinators and regionally rare grassland bird species like the bobolink and savannah sparrow. This restoration area is close to the Kite Hill parking lot on Catalano Road. Please stay on trails as young plants are fragile.

Site History

CLC acquired the property in three phases, starting with the bargain sale purchase of Round Ball Mountain from the Kitchen family, followed by the donation of Fox Hill by the Baxt family,
and culminating with a gift of 1,300 acres from the Gilmore family. Click here to view the full brochure and learn more about Overmountain and our other Public Conservation Areas.

Trail Map