Champlain Area Trails (CATS) offers trails for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding, and picnicking in the Champlain Valley of New York State’s Adirondack Park. We are also a land trust working to save the Valley’s natural features, farmland, clean water and scenic vistas.



CATS’s Hidden Quarry Trail was featured on North Country Public Radio.  Click HERE to hear Brian Mann, NPR’s Adirondack Bureau Chief, describe his late fall hike.  You can see the trail’s subtle beauty too.  You’ll find the trail on Route 9N, about 4.5 miles south of Westport.


CATS is proud to announce ACCREDITATION with the
Land Trust Accreditation Commission,
an independent program of
the Land Trust Alliance.


To obtain accreditation, CATS submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review.  “Accreditation provides greater confidence to landowners who work with us to permanently conserve their land and allow trails on their properties.  It also assures the public and our donors that their support is well-placed,” said Katharine Preston, CATS board chair.  “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”

CATS is one of just 317 land trusts across the country that has been awarded accreditation. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display this seal, indicating that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.  We are proud to display the accreditation seal.  Being accredited assures our donors their funds are being used wisely and that CATS is following the highest of standards and practices.


CATS Interpretive Hikes.  A great way to enjoy the outdoors!  Join us for one or more of the upcoming hikes.

  • December 12, 2015 – Survival Skills 101 & 201.  Led by a Pok-O-MacCready instructor on the Blueberry Hill Trails.
  • January 8, 2016 – Owl Prowl.  Led by teacher/naturalist Gregg Van Deussen
  • February 27, 2016 – Introduction To Snowshoeing.  Led by Pok-O-MacCready instructor on the Wadhams Heights Trail.

Click HERE for more information and to register for the above Interpretive Hikes.

Check our one of our “VIRTUAL HIKES.”  (With special thanks to CATS summer interns James Gilmore for filming and Theo Bakewell for editing, and to Taylor Haskins for composing and performing the music.) 

 Penfield Pond Trail
     Wildway Overlook Trail

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