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YOUR LOCAL AREA NEWS ON A OLD STYLE ELECTRONIC PAPERGrafton New York is located on the Rensselaer Plateau, a forested mountain range between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys and nestled in the foothills of the Taconic Mountain range. Removed from the hustle and bustle of modern urban society, Grafton offers a unique opportunity to experience a wealth of outdoor recreation activities and access to some of the this area’s most celebrated state parks, forests, lakes, natural landmarks and places of interest to visit. There are more than 26 lakes in Grafton; Long Pond, Mill pond, Shaver pond, Second pond, Dyken pond and the Dunham Resevoir have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats that offer over 400 acres of surface water for boating, fishing, ice fishing and ice skating. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. There is about 35 miles of trails for walking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, mountain biking and horseback riding in Grafton. You can hike to the only remaining fire tower in Rensselaer county that provides views including Mt. Marcy and the High Peaks in the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains of Vermont, Mount Equinox of the Taconic Range that forms the border between New York, Vermont and Massachusetts, to the east Mount Greylock and the Helderberg and Catskill Mountains to the south and west. Grafton is 15 miles east of Troy, 16 miles from Bennington Vermont , and 14 miles west of Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Grafton Lakes State Park
I'm visiting local state parks this spring and summer and will be sharing the best parts of each spot. Last time it was Peebles Island. Today, we talk Grafton Lakes. Grafton Lakes is the reason why I fell in love with New York State parks. While I've been impressed with some other spots, Grafton Lakes has the closest thing in this area to a real beach. That's not to mention the trails, boating, picnicking, and basically any other outdoor activity you can think of...
A Day Around Grafton - Fun times in and around Albany, NY
One of my favorite off the beaten path day trips has to be around Grafton, a quiet 40 minutes northeast of Albany. I have no idea where to eat around here, so I always pack a picnic, but there are three really fun places to make a day out of. ...