Join us on the Viall’s Crossing Trail Project

Sunday, March 25, from noon to 4:00 pm is the first CATS Trail Project of 2018 to create the new Viall’s Crossing trail just outside Westport.

Viall’s Crossing Trail is a great addition to the CATS network because it features the only place to legally cross the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks on the trail going north to Essex and beyond—that’s important for this year’s Grand Hike on May 12.

CATS Trail Steward Bill Amadon has marked the trail and we need your help get it ready for the hike.

The meeting location is on Route 22 about 2 miles north of Westport at the house just east of the railroad tracks—look for the “Trail Work” signs. Bring loppers, handsaws, or just willing hands to pick up fallen branches and brush. We’ll work until about 4:00 pm, but would be happy to have you join us for as long (or little) as you can.

If you can join us, please call the office (518-962-2287) or email info@champlainareatrails.com and let us know. That helps with our planning for the day.

It’ll be good to get outside and get an insider’s look at a new trail—while doing a good deed in the process—it doesn’t get better than that!

So come help us get the trail ready!  Bring loppers, handsaws, or just willing hands to pick up fallen branches and brush. We’ll work until about 4:00, but would be happy to have you join us for as long (or little) as you can.

The trails at Viall’s Crossing will be great for cross-country skiing as well as hiking.

Moonrise Hike on Trembleau Mountain!

Join us Saturday, March 31 on this wonderful new CATS trail!









We’re finalizing details for this special adventure so watch this space.

If you’d like us to keep you posted as details develop, give us a call at  (518) 962-2287 or send us an email at info@champlainareatrails.com


Sophie’s Lair Snowshoe Adventure was a blast!

Crisp and cold, but still comfortable,  the Sophie’s Lair Trail was picture-postcard beautiful. Most of us decided to snowshoe as conditions were a bit icy for cross-country skiing. As someone said, “We won’t be sneaking up on anyone!”


After a fabulous—and rib-sticking—breakfast at the Willsboro Diner (thanks again to Drew and his great staff for treating us so well) around 16 people joined us on the adventure.

Some were local CATS supporters like Heidi and Brad Feldman, Rich Strean, Joe and Evelyn Rinella, Jay Frank, and MaryAnne and Tom Mangano. We also had visitors to the area, including Sue, Rob, Sophie and Sam Hess from Boston, who were staying a local B & B and were thrilled to come across the CATS Sophie’s Lair Ski/Snowshoe Adventure when researching things to do in the area.


That’s a major part of CATS’ mission in addition to making trails and saving land: to promote the economic vitality of our wonderful area. When people, like the Hess family come to the Champlain Valley, they stay in local B & Bs or motels, eat in local restaurants and patronize local businesses—and hike or snowshoe or cross-country ski. That’s great!

   To see the full schedule of fun CATS activities like the Blue Moonrise Hike or Sophie’s Lair Adventure, click here.


Check out the terrific post about the Blueberry Hills Trails on the Lake Champlain Region website by Guest Blogger Troy Thomas. To read it, click here.


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 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.


Contact Information:
6482 Main Street, PO Box 193

Westport, NY  12993
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