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 is accepted into the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Program to certify that we have a solid foundation, follow approved standards and practices, and operate with integrity beyond reproach.
Please use our trails–we know you will like them!
Febrary 5, 2014: We mourn the passing of Bruce Klink, one of our founders. Bruce Klink and Steven Kellogg initiated the creation of CATS when they happened to see each other in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport in 2006. Both were reading Wandering Home by Bill McKibben where he wrote about hiking through our Champlain Valley towns of Essex, Westport, and Elizabethtown. They agreed that this area needed a network of hiking trails so they called several people together and thus began Champlain Area Trails. Now, in 2014, we have over 35 miles of new trails and a listing of over 40 local trails. We will miss you Bruce. You have made a difference in this world.
And the winners of the CATS PHOTO & CAPTION CONTEST – PICTURING THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY are…
Our next “Saturday on the Trail” will be on February 22, 2014. Depending on the weather, we may take a hike in the snow together, or we may scope out the area for the new trail we will be creating on Coot Hill in Crown Point. Stay tuned for more information to come.