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New York 30 minutes English

Welcome to Harris Conservation Area!

Tour Excerpts

About this Tour

The nonprofit land trust, the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), welcomes you to the Harris Conservation Area in Austerlitz, NY.

This walking tour takes you along 1.9 miles of trails through a 76-acre conservation area. The trail passes through hemlock forests, rocky cliffs, and a stream. During the springtime, you will see woodland pools.

Harris Conservation Area is an excellent place for birdwatching, dog walking, hiking, and cross-country skiing in the winter. The trails are easy and filled with good views of the Berkshires, Green Mountains, and Taconic.

As you hike, you will learn about the natural and cultural history of this region. You will hear about how the seasonal woodland pools are essential habitat for breeding salamanders. As you walk, keep your eyes out for birds. The tour will help you to identify the scarlet tanager and the chestnut-sided warbler. The tour will tell stories information about the several species that live in the local bat caves.

Tour Sponsors

The CLC sponsors this audio walking tour. The CLC works to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Dutchess County and Columbia County, New York. They strive to strengthen the connections between people and the land.

Since its founding in 1986, the Columbia Land Conservancy has collaborated with partners to preserve the County’s vibrant rural character. It has conserved more than 30,000 acres of farmland, forests, and wildlife habitat to ensure clean air and water, healthy ecosystems, a robust agricultural sector, and a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

CLC cultivates connection to the land by providing outdoor and education activities at 10 Public Conservation Areas, supporting agriculture by ensuring prime farmland continues to be available to the next generation of farmers, and promoting land protection and smart land use planning.

Find More Tours Near You

If you enjoy this tour, check out all ten audio tours presented by The Columbia Land Conservancy: Overmountain Fox Hill, High Falls, Overmountain Gazebo, Siegel-Kline Kill, Ooms, Schor, Harris, Drowned Lands Swamp, Greenport, and Hand Hollow.

In addition, you can find other tours in New York State or wherever your travels may take you at Every place has a story.