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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 an accredited land trust working to save the Valley’s natural features, farmland, clean water and scenic vistas.

CATS was recently featured on Mountain Lake PBS Television!


CATS is one of just 317 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.



Third Saturday of Every Month Volunteer Project – Every “third Saturday” a group will gather at a designated location around 9:00 a.m. and work until 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Bring water, lunch, and a snack.  The next “Third Saturday” project would normally be on August 20, BUT, this month we are encouraging you to sign up for the workshop, Manage your Forest Sustainably. Check it out below, and join us on our September volunteer project on September 16.  Call (518-962-2287) or email (info@champlainareatrails.com) for more information or to let us know you plan to attend.  

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

CATS HOUR – Summer HikesJoin Michelle Maron and Catherine Haskins for the last of this trio of Summer Hikes on August 2 from 9-10 a.m. on the Bobcat Trail.

Listening in Place – Join local artist Kevin Raines and musician Taylor Haskins for these workshops held July 26, and August 9.  

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

Manage your Forest Sustainably – This all-day free workshop is led by Shirley Forest president, Frank Shirley and VP Tim Castner, with CATS Executive Director Chris Maron and Gary Goff of Cornell Extension.  Afternoon “woods walk” and lunch included.  Registration required.  Click HERE for more info and to register.

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.

Check out 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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Contact Information:
6482 Mail Street, PO Box 193

Westport, NY  12993
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