The Town of Shandaken is comprised of twelve hamlets; neighborhoods that are unique in geography, economies and offerings. We as a town hope to help preserve and promote these quaint hamlets, mostly nestled in the valleys throughout the Town. Most home and business owners are happy to tell you of the history of their building or the area. We have a rich history tied to American legends such as Babe Ruth, “Dutch” Schultz and others. Myths abound concerning everything from a Native American romantic tragedy to the first snowmobile to a secret stash of gold.
Mostly people enjoy the rich beauty and scenery of the area which has drawn artists from around the world and contributed to some notable movements in the arts. Some of the most picturesque scenes unfold before you if wish to climb Slide Mountain, the tallest Catskill Mountain, or take a short day hike to Giant Ledge, a perfect hike for the young ones. As nearly 75% of the Town is owned by New York State Forestlands we offer 53,897 acres of forest for your enjoyment. There are a multitude of recreational activities available for all ages from skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter to fishing, tubing, swimming, hiking, biking & canoeing in the summer.
Events abound in Shandaken throughout the year including the Artists’ Studio Tour, the Belleayre Music Concerts, the Rotary’s Quacker Race, Shandaken Day and the newly established Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. There is also our uniquely colorful autumnal season, a celebration of nature on its own terms. Stop by and visit or stay for the rest of your life.