Support CATS at the

Willsboro Folkcraft Festival Saturday, July 28


Sid Ward will once again be selling his beautiful, handcrafted wooden cutting boards and donating all proceeds to CATS! Really, these cutting boards are true works of art as well as useful.

CATS will also have a booth, next door to Sid’s, so stop by and say hello. We’ll also have tee shirts, posters and John Davis’ book available for purchase.


Mushroom Forage was a great experience!

Despite dry conditions that made mushroom foraging more challenging than it often is, Ari and Jenna put on a workshop that was informative, inspiring and fun!

About 19 people and a good number of kids met at the Black Kettle Trail and learned where, with a little rain, the foraging will be even better. In addition to learning about various kinds of mushrooms in the area, Ari spoke on safety issues and how to avoid problems by eating the wrong mushrooms. A central part of the program covered the ethics of foraging, and how to be mindful of our natural environment while harvesting. 

Forager Felix identifies a specimen using the handy cards Ari and Jenna provided.

Both Ari and Jenna generously answered all questions and engaged all workshop participants young and old(er). Their daughter Eliana, 4 years old, may have been the smallest forager, but also had one of the keenest eyes for finding specimens!



We hope to repeat this workshop twice in 2019 so watch for more details as they develop.


The Grand Opening of the Flying Squirrel Trail was a blast!

The 25 hikers who came out for the Grand Opening of the Flying Squirrel Trail on Saturday enjoyed perfect Champlain Valley weather and a fabulous hike. Here’s what one hiker said, 

          The Flying Squirrel Trail was wonderful. We will definitely be doing a revisit. Not sure I saw a flying squirrel, but we did see three deer jumping right in front of us! 

The Flying Squirrel Trail runs through the heart of the wildway corridor and gives a real ‘insider’s view’ to an area critical for the protection of wildlife traveling from the lake shore to the Adirondack mountains. It’s a combination of deep forest with moss-covered cliffs and open fields, with some beautiful babbling brooks along the way.


There’s interesting things to see on the Flying Squirrel Trail, like these unusual mushrooms that especially fascinated Hiker Felix.


The Flying Squirrel Trail should definitely be added to your CATS trails “Do” list!

Since it’s not yet on the trail map, here’s a map of the Flying Squirrel Trail.


A big thank you to Lake Champlain Region/ROOST for this delightful video on the Grand Hike. Click here to watch.


Thank you to Alvin Reiner!

This great photo taken at the Grand Hike by Alvin Reiner appeared on the front page of the Press-Republican on Monday, May 21.


  The CATS 2017 Annual Report with list of donors is now available! Click here for your copy.


 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!




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Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness

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

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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