Here Are The 10 Coolest Small Towns In New York You've Probably Never Heard Of
One of the main reasons that New Yorkers get so frustrated when we only hear people talking about our big cities is because we residents know that the true charm and adventure can be found in our small towns. The beauty of these remote places can be highly underrated, and it’s about time we give them some recognition! Here are ten of the coolest small towns in New York that you may have never heard of.
1. New Paltz
New Paltz is not too far from Minnewaska State Park (a great day trip in New York!), this remote area is a fantastic place to take a scenic drive. There are wonderful local trails to explore. The State University of New York at New Paltz is located here, so it's got a great college town feel to it!
Have you ever been to New Paltz?
2. Raquette Lake
What's a small town without a gorgeous waterfall? Perhaps nothing without being the hometown to a famous author like L. Frank Baum, known for
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
. Home to the
All Things Oz Museum
, Chittenango is one of the best small towns in New York!
A remarkably serene and stunning area, Pawling is the perfect place to visit if you're looking to do some exploring. Get away from it all and explore the Appalachian Trail or Pawling Preserve. Interestingly, Pawling is home to the oldest public golf course in the United States.
Find out more about Pawling on their website.
5. North Creek
Along the Hudson River, all the way up in the Adirondacks, you'll find the small town of North Creek. It's filled with charm and is perhaps best known for being the home of
, a popular place with skiers.
One of the best parts about finding a new place to visit in New York is enjoying the views! The small town of Geneva has some incredible views. It's also located right along the Finger Lakes' region famous wine and beer trail, so you're just a hop and a skip away from great drinks.
Up north, where so many of our hidden gems lie, you'll find the small town of Canton in St. Lawrence County. The area has a rich Native American history.
Geneseo is right along the Genesee River and also isn't far from the stunning
. This is the perfect area to explore and catch an unforgettable sunset: truly one of the best small towns in New York!
Do you have any other favorite small towns in New York that you love to visit? A good story about how you stumbled upon them? Share your stories in the comments!
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Raquette Lake, NY 13360, USA
Chittenango, NY 13037, USA
North Creek, NY 12853, USA