Champlain Area Trails

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is a non-profit organization, begun in 2009, which creates and maintains hiking and cross-country ski trails in the Champlain Valley that link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality.  In its short history, CATS has developed 28 miles of trails that when added to existing trails, gets it half-way toward the long-envisioned goal of a 30-mile trail loop between Westport and Essex.  CATS will extend its trails to neighboring towns and eventually connect them to trails in the Adirondack Mountains, Vermont, and Quebec.

Enjoyment of CATS’ trails depends on conserving the Valley’s scenic vistas, natural areas, farms, businesses, and communities.  The CATS Board recognized this and formed The Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership Project (CVCP) as a program for CATS to protect farms, forests, and clean water, promote local farming, sustainable forestry, and historic hamlets, and develop outdoor education and outdoor recreation-based tourism initiatives.  Thus, CATS focuses on trails and through its CVCP program, it conserves land, increases understanding of nature, promotes outdoor recreation, and enhances economic vitality.

Contact Champlain Area Trails

6482 Main Street
PO Box 193
Westport, New York  12993
Phone: (518) 962-2287


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Clinton County, New York
  • Essex County, New York
  • Addison County, Vermont
  • Chittenden County, Vermont
  • Franklin County, Vermont
  • Grand Isle County, Vermont

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