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High Falls (Photo courtesy of Peter Blandori) The Columbia Land Conservancy is pleased to announce the opening of the High Falls Conservation Area. The 47-acre property is now open to the public free of charge, year-round from dawn to dusk for non-motorized recreation including fishing, hiking, bird watching and cross-country skiing. As with all the Conservancy's conservation areas, it is also managed for wildlife habitat and used as an outdoor classroom for people of all ages.

Following approvals from the Claverack ZBA and the Philmont Planning Board this summer, the Conservancy staff and many local contractors have been busy this year completing numerous site improvements including safety fencing at the overlook, boundary fencing, a bridge, gates and landscaping. A newly installed gravel parking area located on Roxbury Road provides access to the trails and includes an information kiosk with trail maps and site history information.

The High Falls Conservation Area, a 47-acre property located in the village of Philmont, with access from the town of Claverack, is owned and managed by the Columbia Land Conservancy. High Falls, Columbia County’s highest waterfall, cascades 150 feet before culminating in a large pool. The water flows northwest until eventually reaching the Hudson River.

The trail leads visitors from a parking area to an overlook of the falls. The trail begins at an open, sunny locust grove and then shift to a cool, dark hemlock ravine.

The trail proceeds upstream towards the main view of High Falls. The sound of the Falls draws visitors towards this destination. The return trip winds through the mixed deciduous woodland interspersed with stone walls that reflect the site’s lumbering and agricultural history. A spur trail takes visitors down to the edge of the Agawamuck Creek to a picnic area, streamside trail and fishing access.

Please check the Conservancy's website for more information about High Falls, or call Joyce Carroll at the Conservancy office at (518) 392-5252, ext. 206.

Click here to view the High Falls trail map.

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