Route 97 in village of hancock, new york along udsb Roadway outside of the Village of Hancock, NY.
East and West branches of the Delaware converge in Hancock to form the headwaters of the Delaware River

The Village of Hancock

The area is also known world wide for it's Bluestone quarries. Bluestone finds its way into everything from patios and fireplaces to sidewalk curbs in New York City. Hancock is "The Bluestone Capital of the World".

The Village of Hancock, established in 1806, is the northern “Gateway to the Delaware River.” The East and West branches of the Delaware River converge at Hancock from opposing directions at the base of Point Mountain to form the headwaters of the Delaware River which eventually flow to the Atlantic Ocean.

A village that began as a major lumbering and rafting center now is home to delightful shop and eateries which cater to the locals and visitors.

The Seasons in Hancock

In the 1960's, NY Route 17 was designated the most scenic highway in the nation. Thousands flock to the area each year to watch the seasons change.

April 1st marks the opening of trout season to New York. The Delaware River, along with the many streams, lakes and ponds that surround Hancock are teaming with brook and brown trout, perch, bass, bullhead and eel providing what many call... "the best fishing in the United States." The river also provides summer passage for canoers and rafters "running the rapids" to Equinunk, Skinner's Falls, Fishes Eddy and points as far south as Port Jervis and New Jersey. hancock tailroad bridge and new york state 97 along udsb

The autumn foliage, usually in its peak in the beginning of October floods the river valley with a blanket of color. The fall also welcomes maple season. Maple syrup and sugar that rivals that produced in Vermont is produce right here and shipped all over the world. In November hunters come from hundreds of miles away to mark large game. White tail deer and black bear are trophies many go hunting for but pheasant and other small game are just as welcomed.

Winter brings record snowfalls, along with eager skiers that enjoy the several ski resorts located within 15-45 minutes of Hancock. Snowmobilers have reclaimed the old railroad beds in the area, creating literally hundreds of miles of trails.

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