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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 will be June 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.

  • June 25, 2016 – Material Remains and the Historic Use of the Landscape – Reading History through Archaeology.  Led by educator and archaeologist, Andy Black.
  • July 9, 2016 – Hike with Harley the Pack Horse.  Hike and lunch led by equine therapist Nancy Lindquist and Harley, an experienced pack horse.

CATS HOUR – Summer HikesJoin Michelle Maron and Catherine Haskins on July 5 and 19, and August 2 from 9-10 a.m. as they showcase a trio of easy walking trails from North to South in the Champlain Valley.

Writing in Place; Seeing in Place; Listening in Place – Join local author Kristin Kimball, artist Kevin Raines, and musician Taylor Haskins for this series of workshops held July 12, July 26, and August 9.  

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


LEAP Into HikingA blog from Lake Champlain Region Website on how to use your “extra day” this Leap Year.

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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