For Immediate Release
August 14, 2023
Westport, NY - Discover the beauty of the Champlain Valley with Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and their updated Central Champlain Valley Trail Map, now featuring four new trails. CATS has been constructing and maintaining trails, protecting land, connecting people with nature, and promoting economic vitality in the Champlain Valley as an accredited land trust since 2009.
CATS has already built 78 miles of trails, protected 983 acres of land, and hosted numerous hikes, outdoor education events, and volunteer workdays. With the updated trail map that includes four new trails, visitors can explore the wonders of the Champlain Valley and nearby routes at their own pace.
“We are thrilled to release our updated trail map, and I wanted to highlight two newly opened trails,” said Chris Maron, Executive Director at CATS. “The Long Pond Trail in Willsboro and the trail connecting Wildway Overlook Trail to North Boquet Mountain offer new opportunities for people to get outside, exercise, and enjoy nature.”
The Long Pond Trail is a 4.5-mile loop around Long Pond, leading hikers through diverse forests to the pristine western shore of Long Pond, one of the Champlain Valley's largest and most beautiful lakes. The trail connecting Wildway Overlook Trail to the network of trails on North Boquet Mountain makes it easier for hikers to get to overlooks featuring panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding mountains from both North and South Boquet Mountains.
In addition to constructing and maintaining trails, CATS protects land through conservation easements and property acquisitions, having already secured 983 acres of land in the Champlain Valley.
You can get your hands on the newest Central Valley Map and the current Northern Valley Map at the CATS office in Westport or various community locations. To request a map to be mailed to you, visit champlainareatrails.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at (518) 962-2287. Although the maps are free, donations are greatly appreciated to support CATS’ efforts to make trails, protect land, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality in the Champlain Valley by visiting champlainareatrails.com.
With CATS’ updated trail map, you can embark on a journey of discovery and adventure in the Champlain Valley, immersing yourself in this stunning region's natural beauty and tranquility.