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.



Champlain Area Trails
is happy to announce that Bill Amadon has been hired as the new CATS stewardship coordinator.  Bill was born and raised in the Adirondacks.  He knows the local landscape and the people who live here.  He has tremendous knowledge of natural science and environmental issues, and he is also an excellent artist and photographer.  Bill has worked as a CATS volunteer over the years, actively identifying, creating and maintaining many of our trails.  We welcome Bill to CATS!

This position is funded by a grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.  The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  


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

  • August 22 – Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Champlain Valley with SUNY Plattsburgh professor, Dr. Michael Burgess.
  • October 24 – Owl Prowl with Teacher/Naturalist Gregg Van Duessen

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

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