The Town of Hunter is located on the southern-most border of Greene County, surrounded by high peaks within the Catskill Park. Formed in 1813, the town contains of the Village of Hunter, the Village of Tannersville, and the hamlets of Haines Falls and Elka Park. Hunter Mountain is just over 4040 feet in elevation, making it the second highest peak in the Catskill Mountains, and a year-round destination for outdoor leisure and adventure activities.
Famous for its waterfalls, views and vistas, Hunter was the focus of 19th century literary figures and the artists of the Hudson River School of painting. Today, its spectacular setting features hiking trails, mountain biking, fishing streams, camping, swimming, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and the most spectacular display of autumn foliage in New York State.
The town is accessed from the south east on NYS Route 23A, along the Kaaterskill Creek, making for one of the most scenic routes in the Northeast. Kaaterskill Falls is situated just above the point where Spruce Creek joins the Kaaterskill, and provides visitors with exceptional hiking and viewing experiences. This route continues west through Haines Falls, Tannersville, and the Village of Hunter, and follows the Schoharie Creek – joining the northern end of NYS 43 and intersecting with NYS Route 23 near Prattsville. NYS 296 connects to the mountain top communities in the Town of Windham.
Hunter supports a variety of businesses serving year-round residents, second-home owners and seasonal visitors. The Hunter Mountain Resort not only provides world-class skiing and snowboarding, but plays host to major festivals and events that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Lodging and hospitality businesses have been a major economic contributor since the 19th Century, welcoming visitors throughout the year from across the country and around the world. Specialty retail shops and eateries prove successful with both visitors and residents, with a growing focus on ‘locally-sourced, locally-produced’ offerings.
The Hunter Foundation, Inc. promotes economic development and tourism in Hunter and surrounding mountain towns by rehabilitating homes and businesses, creating local jobs, and assisting small businesses.
Continuing education in the arts, and sustainable living in the Town of Hunter is supported through the efforts the Catskill Mountain Foundation that: provides residencies for artists and arts organizations; presents music, dance and theatre performances, and film screenings, and; support sustainable living through their Natural Agriculture Farm and Farm Fellows program.
The Hunter Chamber of Commerce provides business networking and support opportunities, working closely with the Greene County Chamber and the Greene County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism.
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