THE PROPOSED SCENIC BYWAY WELCOMES YOU TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP TOWN OF
JEWETT, with a population of around
1,000 within its 50 mile perimeter, is an un-gentrified gem nestled against the
Catskill Forest Preserve, sits in a rolling, narrow valley along the Eastkill
Creek. Above it rise Black Dome, Thomas Cole and Black Head Mountains, three of
the tallest peaks in the Catskills, with two trailheads right in town. The Jewett Range parallels a drive on Route
23C in the center of the Town. Jewett's
weekend athletes hike miles of rugged paths in the forest preserve designated
by the state as forever wild. Their less ambitious counterparts scout auctions
and antiques and yard sales and shop for fresh produce, eggs, Angus beef and
maple syrup at local farms. They all may
enjoy beautiful Colgate Lake in East Jewett, or bicycle the winding country
Jewett which was first settled
around 1784 and formed in 1849 and was named for Freeborn G. Jewett, who was
the first chief justice of the New York State Court of Appeals, is in the
center of Greene County in an area that residents call “The Mountaintop”. The
town is entirely within the Catskill State Park, which continues south and west
for 700,000 acres: 42 percent of the park is protected forest preserve and the
rest is owned by private citizens and organizations. While only 22 percent of
Jewett consists of forest preserve land, the whole town is subject to
development restrictions as part of the New York City watershed, and there is
protective local zoning as well which help maintain Jewett’s rural character
and gorgeous vistas.
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summer, classical music concerts are held in the Grazhda, or parish hall, of
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. This impressive structure was
built in 1962 without nails, in the style of the Carpathian Mountain
In keeping with its rural, small town character, Jewett residents put
together their vision when creating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan over a decade
A clean, healthy and sustainable natural
An open, responsive, and competent town
Small businesses consistent with the rural
character of Jewett.
A diversity of housing available to all income
levels and ages.
A friendly, neighborly community with high
community involvement and spirit.
An engaged community with a high level of
A mix of ages and income levels as residents.
Quality public services and amenities.
A community that integrates primary and
A small but active agricultural base that
contributes to the economy,
Strengths of Jewett include: Beauty and rural character, Quietness,
Cleanliness, Friendliness, Presence of Planning and Zoning, Low crime, Privacy,
Trails, Forests, Wild animals, Fresh air and water, Mountains and views,
Sporting opportunities, Limited government, Low or reasonable taxes, Resort and
recreational facilities, Accessibility to New York City (126 miles).
Get out of the car and stop for a bit!
The Town of Jewett contains over 7,000 acres of state-owned, forested
lands, including Colgate Lake Wild Forest. These lands contain many
recreational trails which access ridge lines and mountaintops with stunning
views, as well as deep forests and glacially carved valleys with cool mountain
streams. The presence of the “forever
wild” Catskill Park lands ensures that Jewett will always have an ample supply
of open space and forested mountains as its backdrop. Among the most
significant scenic mountain features are The Blackhead Range: Black Dome /
Thomas Cole mountains to the east of the town; Cave / Tower Mountains,
Patterson Ridge, and Round / Van Loan Hills to the north of the town; Evergreen
/ Rusk / West Kill / Hunter / Onteora / Parker Mountains and the East Jewett
Range to the south of the town.
Choose your Proposed Byway trip through Jewett!!
Straight run continuing on 23 A from
Village of Hunter.
We begin on a piece of the existing Mountain Clove Scenic
Byway on NYS Route 23A heading west as it exits the Village of Hunter and
enters our Town of Jewett. This route is
one of the most picturesque of the proposed Byway as the Hunter Mountain Range
spans the left with the Schoharie Creek winding parallel to the road for the
On the Left is the Deming Road Bridge that
affords access to the Hunter
Mountain Ski Bowl (Hunter North Expansion). Five new trails, a new ski
lift and a new large parking area provide access to the entire ski resort. Also
located on Deming Road is the local business Mountain Sun Workshop. It is here that Master
Craftsman Paul LaPierre can be found creating things of beauty which include
the finest cabinets, custom furniture and architectural woodworking projects.
Continuing on 23A we enter South Jewett and are treated to breathtaking views and
great photo ops of the towering peaks located within the Rusk Mountain Wild
Forest section of the Forest Preserve which you will also see on the left.
Continuing on our journey west we pass
the Hunter Mountain Resort
Hotel, then the historic Maplewood Cemetery. This Cemetery was incorporated back in 1891
and is home to 4,700 grave sites on about seven and one quarter acres of land.
Continuing west, the road passes over the Eastkill creek,
just upstream of the confluence of the Eastkill and Schoharie Creeks (both
essential to the Catskill watershed) and will then pass the Xenia Hotel. also on our
A favorite tourist attraction will soon appear on the
right. St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. This is the home of the timber-framed Basilica and Bell Tower
and also the location of the Grazhda
Music and Art
Center. This famous Center hosts
concerts, Ukrainian craft workshops and art exhibits throughout the year.
Shortly after this site will be a spot on the left to stop
and stretch a bit, the Schoharie
Creek Fishing Access
and Parking area.
The 23A trip through the bucolic and pristine Town of Jewett
will end shortly as you cross over the town line and enter the Town Of
County Route 23C proposed loop through Jewett
The Town of Jewett may also be accessed
by taking a well-invested detour by making a right turn off 23A in the Village
of Tannersville at the light on Main Street before the Tannersville Post office
(Hill Street to 23C). Heading north on this existing section of the Mountain
Cloves Scenic Byway will take you past the Mountaintop Arboretum in Tannersville on the Right
where you will shortly arrive at a junction, at the Stone Church (All Soul’s Church) where you
will bear left and continue on Route 23C passing into the Town of Jewett.
Now you will be driving west on 23C downhill. Passing the Quilted Barn on the left and then the East Jewett Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Colgate
Lake Road will be on the right. Colgate Lake is a scenic
mountain lake and a nice place to park and walk around taking in the beauty of
this lake area amidst the mountains. Colgate Lake Wild Forest is a state owned
Forever Wild recreation area that is a prominent destination containing a
beautiful pristine lake. It is popular with swimmers, canoeists, kayakers and
paddle boarders. The newly reconstructed
dam was recently added.
Heading back out continue right on 23C going over the
Eastkill Creek. As the road curves, Boy
Scout Road will be on the right which leads to Camp Trimont Boy Scout Reservation. Founded in 1946 this 500
plus acre Boy Scout Camp has earned a reputation for providing one of the North
East Regions finest Summer Camp Programs.
The drive through this area of East Jewett on 23C is one of
the local favorites as it parallels the Eastkill Creek on the left and affords
a spectacular view of the
East Jewett Mountain Range just beyond and continuing the entire trip
through East Jewett.
Passing the Shadow Mountain Bridge adorned with our beloved American
Flags, you will shortly arrive at the intersection of Scribner Hollow
Road. A very short left turn will reward
you with a local farm on the right, Scribner Hollow Farm, open June through October, it is family owned and operated with a
wide range of herbs and fresh produce, jams and jelly preserves as well as
fresh eggs and flowers, and Maple Glen Farms, with local maple syrup
which is located on the left. Both are
open to the public seasonally and well worth the stop.
Back tracking to 23C we continue west passing our historic East Jewett United Methodist
Church on the right and our HUGE AMERICAN FLAG MEMORIAL (Tom Hitchcock) on the left.
Then you will approach a real photo opportunity and if you bring a cooler stop in to
purchase fresh cuts of Angus beef steaks. Farber Farm JJF Farms Black Angus Cattle.
This farm is one of the most picturesque in the entire area,
with white and green gabled barns
it is a 1,000-acre working Angus cattle farm, with a backdrop of forest,
mountainside and winding roads and streams, creating a sense of tranquility, the
Jewett Range and the Eastkill creek on the left, this lovely farm and cattle
with resident mule on the right. Plenty
of space on the shoulders to stop and take some great photos
As you drive down 23C passing into Beaches Corners you will see
our Municipal Town Hall
and Highway Department and then local business, C and C Excavating on the left.
(County Route 23C intersects NYS Route 296 at this
point. If you head left it takes you to
the Village of Hunter and 23A and if you turn right it will land you in
Hensonville and then the Town of Windham.)
But we will continue west on 23C crossing over 296. Shortly
you will pass the Towner or Eastkill Cemetery #1 on your right. 23C will
eventually veer left at the Stop Sign. Continue to the Jewett Post Office on
the right. A short side trip on County Route 17 to the right will bring you to
the Jewett Heights Cemetery, The Jewett Fire Department and The Historical
Presbyterian Church Complex on the left. Continue left on the proposed Byway to
remain on Route 23C and see Kerns Nursury on the left. Stop by to see the
lovely landscaping displays, gardens and gift shop or sit and have a cup of
23C will quickly become a bit of a mountain road at this
point and you will pass two sets of hairpin turns. A short detour to the right on Merwin St will
take you to the breathtaking Adena
Orchard and Vine Wedding Venue on the right.
Another great photo opp as this lovely site is backed by the majestic
west end of Hunter Mountain ski bowl. Backtrack to the proposed Byway and
continue right on 23C.
Travel on County Route 23C and pass the scenic Soule Farm on
the left as you will soon conclude the Jewett portion of the proposed Scenic
Byway as you pass into the Town of Lexington.
Thank You and Please Come Back and Visit with Us Again!