Hikes & Events


Please note that new events and outdoor education activities, as well as important updates, are frequently added to this listing so check back regularly. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date. For more information on specific trails and/or maps, click here.



Saturday, July 28, Willsboro Folkcraft Festival, with Sid Ward’s beautiful hand-crafted cutting boards avilable for sale. All proceeds go to CATS (thank you, Sid!). Point Road soccer fields, 10-4.



Wednesday, August 1, Arts and Crafts Festival, Essex County Fairgrounds, Westport, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, click here.

Saturday, August 4, 39th Annual Downtown Essex Day, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more details, click here.

Saturday, August 4, Grand Opening Festival at Riverside Trail, Time TBD, Willsboro. Rain date 8/5. POSTPONED; PLEASE WATCH FOR RE-SCHEDULE.


Saturday, September 15, Harvest Fest Hike. 10:00 am. A 5-mile Hike  lasting 1/1/2-2 hrs that begin and ends at the Essex County Fairgrounds.  Meet at the Fairgrounds main entrance and walk to the new Viall’s Crossing Trail that leads through a forest with surprising rock ledges to a vast open field with views of the High Peaks. The trail crosses Rt 22, then reenters the Viall’s Crossing Farm, goes along the edge of a forest to the Hemlock Hill Trail to Sherman Road. Hikers can choose to circle back to Westport on the Woods and Swale Trail or Sherman Road. Both routes lead to Lakeshore Road and a walk through Westport to join the festivities at the Fairgrounds. Rain date 9/16.


Saturday, October 6, Photographing Fall with Manny Palacios. A mixture of classroom and field experience. Time and location TBD. $20.

Saturday, October 13, Grand Opening of  the Trembleau Mountain Trail. Time TBD, Chesterfield. Rain date 10/14.


Saturday, November 10, Grand Opening of the Thrall Dam Park Trail. Time TBD, Lewis. Rain date 11/11.


Saturday, December 1, Ancient Oak Trail Hike, Time TBD, Between Essex and Willsboro. Rain date 12/2.


Make a difference! Join our trail project every 2nd Saturday. Please call the CATS office for details, 518. 962.2287.