Hikes & Events


Like everyone else, we here at CATS are paying close attention to the advice from experts at the CDC and the NYS Department of Health. That advice has led us to reschedule this year’s Grand Hike until Saturday, September 5—that’s Labor Day Weekend.

    Our scheduled Earth Day activities at Essex Quarry and at Point au Roche State Park are canceled. We invite you to play your part on Earth Day by simply cleaning up the litter along any of our local roads.

    Events coming in later May will be decided upon closer to then.

    Please see our full note about this situation—and a fun idea to get us through the next weeks—here.


Sunday, March 22. “Birding with Derek” Walk. 8:30 am, Ausable Point WMA (Ausable).

Space is limited to 15 participants. Free but advance registration required. Please register by dropping us a note at info@champlainareatrails.com or calling (518) 962-2287 and sharing your email address and phone number


Saturday, April 18. Earth Day at Point au Roche State Park, Plattsburgh. 1-4 pm. Stop by the CATS booth and say hello! CANCELED

Saturday, April 25. Earth Day Celebration at Essex Quarry Nature Park. Times TBD. A celebration of this wondrous place, from history to frogs and toads. CANCELED


Saturday, May 9. The Grand Hike. Essex to Westport. Block Party with food trucks at Ledge Hill Brewing Company. Additional details to come. RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 5.

Saturday, May 23. Neotropical Bird Hike at Art Farm Trail with Derek Rogers and Larry Master. 7:00 am. Limit 25 participants.  $10. CANCELED


Saturday, June 4. National Trails Day Hike. 9:00 am. CANCELED


Saturday, July 11. Westport Brewfest Hike. Five-mile Viall’s Crossing loop back to Westport and Ledge Hill Brewery. Food Trucks. Fee. CANCELED

Saturday, July 25. 38th Annual Willsboro Folk Craft Fair. 10 am to 4 PM. Sid Ward will once again be offering his gorgeous handcrafted cutting boards for sale and donating proceeds to CATS! Stop by and say hello and visit the CATS booth.


Saturday, August 1. Essex Day. Stop by the CATS booth and take a tour of the Essex Quarry Nature Park.

Saturday, August 29. Little Ausable River Trail Hike (Peru). More details to come.


Saturday, September 5. The Grand Hike. Essex to Westport. Block Party with food trucks at Ledge Hill Brewing Company. Additional details to come.

Saturday, September 12. Fall Bird Migration Hike with Derek, Lake Alice WMA, West Chazy (Clinton County). 7:30 am. Maximum of 15 people.

Saturday, September 19Harvest Fest Hike. 10:00. Essex County Fairgrounds. (Westport). Fundraiser for Viall’s Crossing Stewardship Fund.


Saturday, October 3Birding with Derek. Kings Bay WMA (Clinton County). 8:00 am. Maximum of 15 people.

Saturday, October 10.  The Essex Quarry Nature Park Grand Opening Celebration.

Saturday, October 17North Boquet Mountain Fall Colors Hike. 3:30 pm. (Essex)


Saturday, November 14Cheney Mt Hike. 10:00 am (Moriah)


Friday, December 11Owl Prowl at Bobcat Trail. 6:00 pm



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