A Day in Upper Washington County Near Granville, NY

The Land of the Mettawee River

This area is home to many adorable hamlets & bustling towns, but Granville is one of upper Washington County’s largest. With a beautiful mix of farmland and historic architecture, the area has become a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.

As such, the region around Granville has developed a variety of adventures & shopping opportunities for all interests. All nestled within the beautiful forests & fields of Washington County!

Whether you’re looking to explore the outdoors, find unique shopping, or relax & enjoy good food, you’ll find plenty to do in Granville.

Let’s explore Upper Washington County near Granville, New York!


Slateville, NY

A stone’s throw from the Vermont border you’ll find Slateville, NY, tucked in the rolling hills of eastern Washington County, near Hebron and Salem.

Don’t pass up on a visit to The Olde 1840, just south of Slateville. They sell unique rustic furniture & antiques from their gorgeous historic 1840’s-era farm.

If you’re planning on fishing, snag some bait & the local low-down on the best spots to drop a line from The Bait Shop on Darfler Road!

Just north of the hamlet’s center lies Slateville Farm, historic farmland and home to some of the first red slate quarries in the world! On top of several picturesque lodging options, they also run a seasonal farm stand from early June to mid-October and sell firewood for campers & winter stays.

In the market for beautiful yet functional crocheted & wood gifts, apparel & decor? Check out High Meadow Crafts, whose handmade products are available online, and include everything from Afghans and baby blankets to plush toys, candle holders and more! And, they welcome custom orders so you can make it just right.

Also available online are Slate Valley Farms‘ wildflower honey and maple products, produced & collected right on their farm in the Granville area. Stock up on their wide variety of farm-made items, including maple treats of all kinds and beeswax beauty products!

A short drive up Rt. 28 is Mandy’s Spring Nursery & Florist, a beautiful stop for locals & visitors alike! Their 200acre farm sells a variety of landscaping & garden plants throughout the year, as well as full-service floral arrangements and landscape design & building services. Be sure to stop in their gift shop to find the perfect gift for the gardeners in your life, from books and gloves to tools and unique planters!

Plus, the same owners run the Gables and Gardens Event Barn, a classic timber frame barn perfect for any occasion – in any season.

Feeling a little wild? Check out the nearby hidden gem of Washington County: the Jungle Experience Zoo! This is a great chance for your family to have unique & memorable encounters with a variety of animals, including kangaroos, otters, snakes and more.


Granville, NY

The “Slate Valley” region, specifically Granville, is considered the Colored Slate Capital of the the World, due to the many local quarries that produce a variety of rate colors, including green, gray, gray black, purple, mottled green & purple, and red.

Adding to the town’s beauty, the majestic Mettawee Rivers runs through the historic downtown heart of Granville. The Slate Valley Museum overlooks this river, as do many local businesses. Stop by the museum gain a greater appreciation for this area’s rich cultural history & slate quarrying heritage!

Want to soak in some scenery, by foot or by bike? Stop at the Granville Village Rails to Trails Parking to explore the Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail!

Indulge your curiosity & step into the Pember Library for a moment of tranquility. Or if you’re into antiquing, you’re in for a treat! Granville is home to both Shaw’s Antiques and Collectables and Slateville Antiques, offering a wide range of vintage & antique items seeking their forever home.

As a local retail hub, both chain and specialty shops are available for your enjoyment! Here are just a few:

Worked up an appetite with all that adventuring? Luckily, Granville is home to many different local eateries, including Scarlotta’s Car Hop, Granville Family Diner, Pine Grove Diner, Jen’s Pit Stop and Tommy’s Place, just to name a few!

Or, slate your thirst with one of the many offerings of the craft beverage producers in the area.

With so much to do in Granville, how do you do it all in one day? You can’t! Stay at one of our many local lodging options, including the centrally-located Station House Bed & Breakfast, a converted train station mere steps from downtown Granville.


Middle Granville, NY

No visit to Granville is complete without a visit to Hicks Orchard, the oldest u-pick orchard in New York! While you’re there, stop by their Slyboro Ciderhouse‘s historic tasting room & art gallery.

For subs, ice cream, cakes, gas and more, visit Chapman’s General Store in Middle Granville, a local favorite.

Get your adrenaline going on the track! Whether you’re watching, practicing, or racing, you’ll want to check out Paradox MX‘s motocross track.


North Granville, NY

Dancing Ewe Farm, one of the cool things to do in Washington County near Granville, NY
A farm-to-table dinner at Dancing Ewe Farm

Further along Rt. 22, you’ll find incredible view – and Grottoli’s Maple, one of the sweet stops along Washington County’s Maple Trail!

You’ll also find Lavender Field Farm nearby, focusing on growing 4 lavender varieties (Essence Purple, Munstead, Grosso and Phenomenal.) You can purchase & pick up your lavender on the farm, only $10 per bunch or spray!

Plus, during berry-picking season, stop by Liebig’s Strawberry Ridge,  a great family-owned, sustainably-grown operation. It’s a sweet spot to make lasting memories with family & friends.

Are you an art lover? Support a local Granville-based artist & check out the North Granville Pottery Company‘s Dutch-inspired collection.

Or for true farm-to-table dining experience, visit Dancing Ewe Farm & partake in one of their unique culinary events. While you enjoy the incredible food, be sure to soak in the unbeatable view!

Last but not least, don’t miss out on the Mettawee River Falls, a short detour from NY Rt-22! There is a small gravel parking area for visitors to enjoy the falls, but most land in the area is privately owned, so please be respectful.


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This is just a fraction of the many amazing things to see, taste, and explore within Upper Washington County, New York.

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