What a fabulous Grand Hike!


The weather was great, hikers were happy, the Block Party rocked—and we’re already looking forward to next year. Check out the terrific coverage by NBC5 here.

Thank you to all who made it possible:

Oases Sponsors: Dogwood Bread Company, Essex Initiatives, DAK Bar, Village Meat Market and DaCy Meadow Farm, long with Oases hosts Marilyn Trienens, Sheri Amsel, Susie Smith, Ken Hughes, Steven Kellogg, Delia Thompson, David Johnston, Cynthia Ford Johnston.

Volunteers Rebecca Palmer, Rob Powell, Sharon Boisen, Tom Duca, Sharp Swan, Catherine and Brian Houseal, Tim Rowland, Nadine Lemmon, Tricia Bhatia, Annie McKinley, Martha Smiles, David McNamara, Michelle Maron.

Bus Drivers: Larry Allen, Pete Jacques, Ron Sargent, Rob Lake and Dawn Gay. Kids Art Table: Erin Hall. Face Painting: Wren Van Dusen. Essex Inn: Tommy, Jordan & Gavin

CATS landowners, including those who allowed one-day licenses for a beautiful finish to the Grand Hike.

And thank you to all the hikers who came out and had some fun on a perfect day in the Champlain Valley.

For scenes from the Grand Hike from Jen Zahorchak of ZVD Photography, click here. You can also order prints of any of Jen’s photographs at that link.


Volunteer with CATS!

CATS has grown in the past few years so that we now manage 34 trails, covering over 54 miles. That is fabulous!

With that growth, the need for extra hands has grown as well and not just for help on the trails themselves (though that is significant!). We have a small 3-person staff at CATS and so rely on volunteers to help us accomplish our goals.

We need interested people to serve on committees which include trails, conservation, outreach, and more. We could also appreciate your help when we have a CATS booth at special events, like farmers markets or festivals.


And most importantly, we need your help keeping the trails in good condition. Yes, some might call this “housekeeping”—but it’s housekeeping outdoors!


So, we are asking you to please help by responding to this email and letting us know if you would like to be a CATS volunteer—and by telling us what interests you and where you’d like to help.

Here are some ideas of the kind of help we have in mind:

Trail Work

  • Hike a trail, remove fallen branches, trim brush and branches that are encroaching onto trails
  • Make note of special problems or tasks you can’t handle and let us know
  • Mow grass (we have the mower)
  • Replace trail markers
  • Build boardwalks and/or small bridges over wet areas

Trail Adopter. Perhaps you might be someone who adopts a particular trail and regularly does maintenance on that trail (we’ll teach what you need to know)

 Trail Monitor: If you are someone who regularly hikes a trail, you can let us know if there’s a problem that needs attention

Office Help. Yes, there are special and occasional needs in the office. Please let us know if you want to help in that way so we can contact you when the task is needed.

Serving on a CATS Committee. Just let us know if you have an interest in a particular committee.

CATS Outreach. Help us when we have a CATS booth at a farmers market or event when we tell people about the organization and hand out free maps.

Special Skills. Do you have particular skills like woodworking that we could call upon for help building registration kiosks, making signs or even building simple bridges?

Even if you only have a few hours at a time, that’ll work. And if there’s another way you’d like to help, just let us know.

To get started, please respond to this message by dropping us a note at info@champlainareatrails.com or calling (518) 962-2287 and let us know what you’d like to do, what area works best for you, and if there are other ways you’d prefer to help.

Thank you in advance!


A Summer Job Position at CATS

Here’s a terrific opportunity for a paid summer position: Summer Trail Steward who will primarily maintain and create hiking/skiing trails.

This is a full time, 2-4 month position, reporting to the Stewardship Director. Please let people know.

Click here for more details.


Thank you for helping us reach the end-of-year fundraising goal—now on to 2019!

Thank you for supporting Champlain Area Trails!



 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 beautiful bold graphics. Designed by Aaron Wolfe. Available framed for $75 and unframed for $30


A huge thank you to our Oak Level Business Sponsors!




Edgemont B & B








Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness

A special thank you to all our Sponsors!  Please support our local businesses.


CATS Annual Report available!



For the 2017 Annual Report, please click here.

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.



Contact Information:
6482 Main Street, PO Box 193

Westport, NY  12993
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