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Upstate New York has such an extensive roster of natural wonders – the Hudson River, Lake George, the Catskill Mountains, Lake Champlain, the Thousand Islands, the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls – that it seems inconceivable that New York means “city” in most American minds.
Most Empire State land changes hands within a couple hours’ drive of New York City, either north in the Hudson Valley counties of Ulster, Dutchess and Orange or out on Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Undeveloped land is a rarity and comes on the market with a premium, often carved out of a farm or downsizing private estate. About a quarter of New York land is in cultivation; it is the nation’s largest producer of cabbage and has 30,000 acres planted for vineyards, mostly around the Finger Lakes. Only California supports more wineries than New York’s 212.
Undeveloped acres upstate are more common and often adjoin state lands – New York created America’s first state park at Niagara Falls in 1885 and Adirondack Park is the country’s largest state park – bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Olympic National Parks combined. There are more than a 1,000 miles of hiking trails through the six million acres and nearly as many canoe trails. In the winter Lake Placid, site of two Winter Olympics, becomes the command center of the Adirondacks.
Waterfront property is high on New York land shoppers’ lists. In addition to hundreds of miles of ocean coastline and frontage on two Great Lakes, boaters can enjoy over 7,500 lakes and ponds. Fly fishing was invented here and anglers can drop a line in over 50,000 miles of rivers and streams. One of the best ways to inspect upstate New York land is on a slow-moving canal boat on the Erie Canal, the 363-mile engineering marvel that made New York City into the nation’s dominant trading center in the early 19th century.