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Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond

Capital Region, New York

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  • The parking area at the roadside. An information kiosk tells about the area. - Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • One of the views across the fields.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • Information on what lives in the pond.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • A bench at a fishing spot along the pond.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • Two of the many birdhouses found throughout the area.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • One of two large man-made nests.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • A gazebo along the Green Trail.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • The view of Sutherland Pond from the Green Trail.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • A walkway over a marsh area.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • Wildflowers along the trail.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • A quiet seating area along the Green Trail.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • A trail leading to the highest point of the conservation area.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • Crossing over mud and a small stream.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • The junction of the Green and Yellow Trails.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
  • An open area along the pond offers a great view.- Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
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Pros: 
Great views. Wildflowers. Fishing.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Capital Region, NY
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond is a 180-acre preserve located in the town of Chatham, New York, that is home to spectacular views and over 2 miles of trails. Sutherland Pond, the 35-acre centerpiece, is excellent for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. A special permit from the Columbia Land Trust in the Village of Chatham is required to fish here.

As the trails run along the rolling hills and grassy fields, visitors will find views of the Catskill Mountains and surrounding hills of Columbia County. There are a number of man-made birdhouses throughout the preserve. A variety of birds may also be viewed, making this a prime location for bird-watchers.

The 2.9-mile trail system consists of three trails; the 1.8-mile Green Trail, the 0.6-mile Yellow Trail and the 0.5-mile Red Trail. All trails are interconnected and return to the parking area. The trails are mostly easy with slight elevation gain and only a couple places where the incline is somewhat steep.  

The conservation area is named after the Ooms family, who arrived from the Netherlands and set up a dairy operation around the pond in the 1950s. The pond is named after the Sutherland family that lived across the road in the 1800s. In 2001, the Columbia Land Trust, in conjunction with the Open Space Institute, purchased the land from the Ooms family.

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