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IMG_7282Champlain 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.

Saturday, May 3, 2014: The Grand Hike- Be part of the first Springtime Ramble through the beautiful Champlain Valley from The Westport Hotel to the Essex Inn on CATS trails and back roads. The entire walk is 14 miles and we encourage folks to do as much or as little as they would like.  Learn more here…  or register now!

Saturday, June 7, 2014: Celebrate Champlain Area Trails- This annual day of hiking and celebrating takes place on National Trails Day to recognize the progress in making trails that increase enjoyment of the outdoors and promote economic vitality. Read more about the trail events here.

The Celebrate Champlain Area Trails party takes place from 4 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at the Barn at Block House Farm in Essex. There will be short announcements and a featured speaker from 4 to 5 followed by a reception with local food and drink provided by Turtle Island Café and Lake Placid Craft Brewing. There will be activities for children including a nature hike during the first hour.

And the winners of the CATS PHOTO & CAPTION CONTEST – PICTURING THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY are…