Come join us Saturday, February 17!

New snow means conditions are good for Champlain Area Trails (CATS) ski/snowshoe adventure Saturday, February 17, on the Sophie’s Lair Trail in Willsboro. Skiers or snowshoers should meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Florence Hathaway trailhead on Essex Road in Willsboro (look for the tennis courts). The Florence Hathaway Trail, about a half-mile long, leads to the Sophie’s Lair Trail. Overall, the ski/snowshoe adventure will run about 3 hours.

Before the trek, skiers and snowshoers are encouraged to meet at 8 a.m. for breakfast at the Willsboro Diner. Reservations are not required, but advance notice is requested to give the Willsboro Diner a heads up on numbers; please call (518) 962-2287 or send an email to info@champlainareatrails.com.

See you there! 

Check out the terrific post about the Blueberry Hills Trails on the Lake Champlain Region website by Guest Blogger Troy Thomas. To read it, click here.


The Blue Moon Hike was a blast!

    Over 25 people came out for the Blue Moon Hike, despite the threat of rain and a heavy cloud cover Saturday, January 27. What a reward they had, though, when not only did the Blue Moon emerge from behind the clouds, but the International Space Station made a rare appearance as well, streaking across the sky to the delight of hikers.

The Blue Moon Hike drew people from far and wide. From left to right: Pete and Jenni Sowizdrzal of Saratoga Springs and Willsboro, N.Y., Mark & Sue Scroggins, of Boston, Mass., Joe Blauboer of Saratoga Springs, Socks the dog, Terri Shockley of Saratoga Springs, and Deb and Mike Stark of Milwaukee, Wis. and Willsboro.     

    The moonlight made the 4-mile round trip on the MacAuliffe Trail in Willsboro magical as hikers walked through evergreen forests and rock ledges, beside open meadows and above the Boquet River. Abandoned barns along the way had an otherworldly character in the moonlight. A light wind blowing in the trees along with the sounds of falls on the Boquet provided a special almost musical accompaniment.

    After the hike, many of the participants gathered at the Turtle Island Café for food and drink to extend the fun evening and fulfill CATS’ mission of promoting economic vitality.

   To see the schedule of fun CATS activities like the Blue Moon Hike, click here.


New items for sale in the CATS office

We now have tee shirts and a fabulous new book by John Davis, as well as framed copies of the “Hike the Lake” poster by Aaron Woolf for sale.  All are available in the CATS office in Westport and we can ship them to you. Any questions, just give us a call at (518) 962-2287 or email info@champlainareatrails.com.

CATS Tee Shirts 

Designed to wick away perspiration and “breathe.”

Available in Women’s Small, Medium and Large, and Men’s Medium, Large and Extra Large.  $18




Split Rock Wildway
Scouting the Adirondack Park’s Most Diverse Wildlife Corridor

John Davis’s new book is a rambling look at the wildlife thriving in the wooded hills and adjacent waterways linking Lake Champlain with the High Peaks. A great read! 
Paperback, 160 pages, $15



Hike the Lake poster.   

This fabulous poster celebrates Champlain Area Trails in bold beautiful graphics. Designed by Aaron Wolfe.
Available framed for $75 and unframed for $30.00







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CHAMPLAIN AREA TRAILS’ MISSION is to create a network of hiking/skiing trails in New York’s Champlain Valley that link communities, connect people to nature, and promote economic vitality; and as an accredited land trust, to protect habitat, farmland, clean water, and scenic vistas.


CATS is one of just a few hundred land trusts 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 that we are proud to display.


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6482 Main Street, PO Box 193

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