The Town of Rochester lies in the Rondout Valley, 20 miles south of Kingston, former Colonial capital of New York State, and 20 miles west of New Paltz.
A perfect example of the beauty of the Town of Rochester is the 288-acre Davis Farm on Route 209, which offers a picture-perfect view of the Shawangunk Ridge with the Mohonk Tower and the Mountain House.
The Shawangunk Ridge offers bird-watching and biking... swimming and horseback riding, hiking, snow-shoeing and much more. Rock climbers revel in some of the best climbing routes in the eastern United States. The ridge's biggest draw it's its ability to deliver virtually instant gratification. Walk few minutes and you can be rewarded with a breathtaking view of majestic mountains, gently rolling farmland, a gushing waterfall or the patchwork quilt of nearby human settlements.
Glaciers were responsible for shaping a landscape characterized by magnificent sky lakes, soaring cliffs, and myriad rock outcrops. The exposed summits and rocky plateaus provide refuge for a wealth of rare and endangered plants and animals.