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Cross Country Skiing

Hand Hollow State Forest

Columbia County’s newest State Forest: 518 acres of wooded property, open brush land and a 10-acre lake available for hiking, biking, paddling and non-motorized boating, picnicking, horseback riding (except on foot trails and snowmobile/ski trails when snow covered), primitive camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation and photography. There are currently no official trails on the property.

Cty Rt 34 (Hand Hollow Rd) near intersections of Cty 9 and Schoolhouse Rd, New Lebanon.

www.dec.ny.gov/lands/101433.html

Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail

A 1.5 mile trail that connects the Luykas Van Alen House and the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site by way of the scenic landscape of Roxbury Farm.

www.nps.gov/mava/planyourvisit/upload/Dutch-Farm-Link-Trail.pdf

New Forge State Forest

State Forest Ranger - C. Dicintio, 518-828-0236

New Forge Rd (off Rt 82), Taghkanic

www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7801.html

Livingston State Forest

State Forest Ranger - C. Dicintio, 518-828-0236

Access - Rt 9G and Fox Creek Rd, Livingston

www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45415.html

Harvey Mountain State Forest

State Forest Ranger - C. Dicintio, 518-828-0236

Access - East Hill Rd (off Rt 22, near I-90 B3 exit)

www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45415.html

Clermont State Historic Site

Fee to enter park April - October

400 Woods Rd (off Rt 9G), Germantown

www.nysparks.com

518-537-4240

Beebe Hill State Forest

Access - County Route 5, Austerlitz

www.dec.ny.gov/lands/66460.html

State Forest Ranger - C. Dicintio, 518-828-0236

Lake Taghkanic State Park

Taconic State Parkway or 1528 Route 82, Ancram Camping: tent, trailer, cottages, and cabins; swimming, boat rentals, trails, ice fishing, skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing & snowmobile trails; deer & turkey hunting(bow only) in designated areas in season. Camping Season: May-October; park open YR - fee to enter Memorial Day - Labor Day.

www.nysparks.com

518-851-3631

Stuyvesant Unique Area (Nutton Hook Reserve)

Rt 9J and Ferry Rd, Stuyvesant

www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45415.html

Stockport Wildlife Management Area (surrounds the Harrier Hill Park)

Rod and Gun Road, Stockport

www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45415.html

Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area

1452 County Rt 21, Ghent

www.clctrust.org

Columbia Land Conservancy 518-392-5252

Schor Conservation Area

58 Cemetery Rd, Canaan

www.clctrust.org

Columbia Land Conservancy 518-392-5252

Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area

503 Carson Road, Ancram

www.clctrust.org

Columbia Land Conservancy 518-392-5252

River Street Park

One of two wooded parks with walking paths on either side of the Kinderhook Creek. Each features parking, a gazebo for picnicking, and a one-mile loop through the woods with great views of the Kinderhook Creek. There are Waterthrush and songbirds enjoying insects along the creek; look for Dutchmen’s Britches and Trout Lilies. Bring your fishing pole.

River Street (off Rt 9) Valatie Village

www.veravalatie.com/V_Trails_and_Parks.html

Pachaquack Preserve

One of two wooded parks with walking paths on either side of the Kinderhook Creek. Each features parking, a gazebo for picnicking, and a one-mile loop through the woods with great views of the Kinderhook Creek. There are Waterthrush and songbirds enjoying insects along the creek; look for Dutchmen’s Britches and Trout Lilies. Bring your fishing pole.

Elm Street (off Rt 203) at Rt 203 bridge, Valatie Village

www.veravalatie.com/V_Trails_and_Parks.html

Olana State Historic Site

Fee to enter the park April-October

5720 Rt 9G, Hudson

www.nysparks.com

518-828-0135

Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center

1024 Rt 66, Ghent

www.ccswcd.org

518-828-4386

Martin Van Buren Nature Area and Wayside Park

Several trails which pass through the park or are nearby which you can enjoy while visiting Martin Van Buren NHS. The trails allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and interesting history while you stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air.

Rt 9H (across from Martin Van Buren NHS), Kinderhook

www.nps.gov/mava/planyourvisit/outdooractivities.htm

518-758-9689

High Falls Conservation Area

540 Roxbury Road, Philmont

www.clctrust.org

Columbia Land Conservancy 518-392-5252

Harrier Hill Park

Great views, Bird watching/nature study, Pavilion, Universally accessible, 6 acres, surrounded by DEC Land, 2 mile Stockport-Greenport Trail which travels through 325 acres of protected land and connects to the Greenport Conservation Area

Rod and Gun Road, Stockport

www.clctrust.org/public-conservation-areas/harrier-hill/

Hand Hollow Conservation Area

387 Gale Hill Rd or 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon

www.clctrust.org

Columbia Land Conservancy 518-392-5252

Greenport Conservation Area

319 Joslen Blvd, Greenport

www.clctrust.org

Columbia Land Conservancy 518-392-5252

Omi International Arts Center - The Fields Sculpture Park, Visitors Center and Cafe

The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center provides 120+ acres of groomed trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain bike riding, hiking, birdwatching and more. The park is also home to nearly 80 works of internationally recognized contemporary sculpture for free viewing. Education Omi provides arts-based workshops and camps for children and young adults.

59 Letter S Rd. (off Cty Rt 22 & Rt 9H), Ghent

www.omiartscenter.org

392-4747

Crellin Community Park

Rt 66, outside Village of Chatham

Copake Country Club

Rentals available and groomed trails

44 Golf Course Road, off County Route 11, Copake

www.copakecountryclub.com

518-325-4338

Borden’s Pond Conservation Area

1628 Rt 203, Ghent

www.clctrust.org

Columbia Land Conservancy 518-392-5252