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Hand Hollow Conservation Area

New Lebanon, Columbia County

lady slipper, pond and beaver


Hand Hollow Conservation Area provides critical wildlife habitat and includes ponds, a lake, wetlands, marshes, hardwood swamp, streams, fields, meadows and vernal pools. Beaver ponds on the eastern side of the property provide important habitat for nesting great blue heron, otters and waterfowl.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Lookouts
  • Viewing areas

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing/Kayaking (carry-in)
  • Boating with electric motor
  • Geocaching


433 acres

Closest Town

New Lebanon


Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Hand Hollow Conservation Area. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 518-392-5252
Address: Parking areas on Rt. 9 and on Gale Hill Road, New Lebanon, NY
Website: Columbia Land Conservancy's Hand Hollow Conservation Area (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: Columbia Land Conservancy