Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and its Long Pond Conservancy Program will host the Long Pond Trail Grand Opening, north of Willsboro, Essex County, NY on July 8th at 9:30 am. This 4.5-mile hiking trail leads to the forested western shore of Long Pond.
The Long Pond Trail is a new trail, three years in the making, providing views of the lake and surrounding mountains and forest. The Long Pond Trail hike will begin at the trailhead parking area on Carver Road, about 0.7 miles west of Rte. 22.
CATS is an accredited land trust founded in 2009, with a mission to make trails, protect land, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality in New York’s Champlain Valley. CATS has developed 77 miles of trails in fourteen years, protected 983 acres, and hosted hundreds of hikes, outdoor education events, and volunteer workdays, attracting thousands of visitors annually to the Lake Champlain Region.
CATS’ Long Pond Conservancy Program began in 2013 when Long Pond residents became concerned about a 49-acre parcel on the pristine western shore that was marketed for residential development.
They came together to conserve the ecological features, scenic vistas, and clean water of Long Pond. They joined with CATS, and after a 7-year fundraising effort, CATS – LPC purchased and permanently protected the 49 acres.
To learn more about the hike, please visit the events page on CATS’ website at www.champlainareatrails.com.