Last year, the first Champlain Area Trails (CATS) hike held to kick off the Adirondack Harvest Festival was so successful that CATS is doing it again this year. The Farm-to-Fest hike on Saturday, September 16, will begin and end at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport as hikers will take a shuttle and hike from a local farm back to the Festival.
The Farm-to-Fest Hike will cover 4 miles through lush farm fields and forests with views of Toll Gate Hill, Lake Champlain, and the forested West Champlain Hills. The Farm-to-Fest Hike passes through DaCy Meadow’s farm and climbs by beautiful old trees to arrive on Ledge Hill Road. Then it’s a gentle downhill walk back to the Fairgrounds and all the Adirondack Harvest Festival activities.
Hikers should meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport to ride the shuttle bus two miles to the DaCy Meadow Farm Trailhead. There’s a suggested donation of $5 per person; under 18 and students are free. A link for pre-registration is on the CATS website at www.champlainareatrails.com. Pre-registration isn’t required but aids in planning for the shuttle bus.
“Hikers can work up an appetite with a hike on a beautiful CATS Trail and then celebrate the Adirondack harvest with music and locally-produced food. It’s a fun day for all ages,” said CATS Executive Director Chris Maron. “CATS is proud to work with the Adirondack Harvest Festival to bring people to our area for such a great event.”
For more details on the ADK Harvest Festival, visit www.lakechamplainregion.com/
Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is a nonprofit organization that creates and maintains hiking and cross-country ski trails in the Champlain Valley, with the goal of linking communities, connecting people with nature and promoting economic vitality. CATS is also an accredited land trust working to conserve natural communities, farmland, clean water, and scenic vistas. For more information on all of CATS programs, visit http://www.