You’ve probably seen the memes of what people think out of state when you say you’re from New York. Granted, the whole state is not the Manhattan skyline. But there are some who still got the memo, apparently. But have you thought about really getting away from it all?
Many people still associate the entire state with the one city, regardless of what the rest of the landscape actually looks like. But you can forget how big the state really is. New York State covers 54,555 square miles, making it the 27th largest state in the country. It’s not in the same league as Alaska, Texas, or California, but it will still take you a while to drive from side to side. And while many state residents live in urban areas, the majority of residents are farms, hills, mountains, valleys, and forests.
So which county is 100% completely rural? According to a recent study, there is only one. if you are looking to get away from it all then you might want to go here. Is it near the Hudson Valley?
If you really want to get away from it all, go to this place
Stacker recently measured all of New York’s 62 counties using data from the US Census Bureau. To understand how the Census Bureau classifies what is urban versus what is rural, read HERE. According to the numbers, there is one county outside of the Hudson Valley that is completely rural, with no urban areas. it also happens to be the largest county by area in the state.
Hamilton County has no urban areas, according to census data. Stacker says it has a population density of 2.6 people/square mile, with a total of just 4,454 residents. According to Wikipedia, Hamilton is about the size of the state of Delaware, but it’s the least populated county in the country east of the Mississippi River.
Hamilton is one of only two counties (Essex being the other) that lies entirely within Adirondack Park. Yes, it was named after Alexander Hamilton.
Hudson Valley and Catskill Counties in State’s Top 50
- 4) Delaware County: Rural: 99.6%
- 16) Greene County: Rural: 98.7%
- 18) Sullivan County: Rural: 98.5%
- 20) Columbia County: Rural: 98.2%
- 40) Ulster County: Rural: 92.6%
- 46) Dutchess County: Rural: 78.0%
- 47) Orange County: Rural: 77.3%
Let’s get high
New York State is known for its abundance of varied natural beauty. When it comes to mountains, the Empire State certainly has some of the best peaks and mountain ranges in the eastern United States.
Three major mountain ranges cover the state; the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and also part of the Appalachians. This provides plenty of locations for a variety of outdoor activities. However, if you’re looking for the highest peaks in the state, it can be a daunting trip. Where to start?
So what is the tallest peak in all of New York State?
Mount Marcy (elevation 5,344 feet)
Mount Marcy is the highest peak in all of New York State at 5,344 feet. The mountain is located in the Adirondack High Peaks in Essex County near the town of Keane, NY. Tear of the Clouds Lake is often cited as the highest source of the Hudson River. The peak was named after former New York Governor William L. Marcy.
Many trails are difficult to navigate and can be quite steep and difficult. Snow covers the mountain from October until May. Some even say its weather can be almost as windy and harsh as Mount Washington in New Hampshire. This unlucky group had to be rescued by rangers last Thanksgiving. Yet tens of thousands of visitors still flock to the mountain during the summer months.
The historical significance of the region
Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was hiking Mount Marcy in 1901 when he learned that President William McKinley was in failing health after being shot a week earlier. He would later take a stagecoach to North Creek, where there was a train station. At some point along the way, he learned that the president had died. Quite the historic moment.
If you’re traveling to Mount Marcy, you’ll want to know what you’re doing and be prepared. Follow the trails and instructions and dress accordingly. Also watch out for the many rangers and nature wardens in the area, who are there to protect the landscape and vegetation. Years of human intervention have caused a lot of damage to parts of the mountain’s ecosystem.
25 Hudson Valley Locations Featured In Movies
The Hudson Valley or the New Hollywood? The Hudson Valley has been featured in many movies over the years, and it doesn’t stop. Recent hits like A Quiet Place (2018) to modern classic movies like The Departed (2006), The Hudson Valley has been an understated hotspot for locations. Thanks to tax incentives, beautiful locations, and the growth of independent cinema, the Hudson Valley will continue to thrive as a valuable destination for filmmakers.
So we’ve compiled a list of 25 Hudson Valley locations featured in the film. This list also includes blockbuster hits and independent films. We hope you enjoy reading and learning more about the Hudson Valley and the movies!