Grafton New York is located on the Rensselaer Plateau, a forested mountain range between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys and nestled in the foothills of the Taconic Mountain range. Removed from the hustle and bustle of modern urban society, Grafton offers a unique opportunity to experience a wealth of outdoor recreation activities and access to some of the this area’s most celebrated state parks, forests, lakes, natural landmarks and places of interest to visit. There are more than 26 lakes in Grafton; Long Pond, Mill pond, Shaver pond, Second pond, Dyken pond and the Dunham Resevoir have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats that offer over 400 acres of surface water for boating, fishing, ice fishing and ice skating. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. There is about 35 miles of trails for walking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, mountain biking and horseback riding in Grafton. You can hike to the only remaining fire tower in Rensselaer county that provides views including Mt. Marcy and the High Peaks in the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains of Vermont, Mount Equinox of the Taconic Range that forms the border between New York, Vermont and Massachusetts, to the east Mount Greylock and the Helderberg and Catskill Mountains to the south and west. Grafton is 15 miles east of Troy, 16 miles from Bennington Vermont , and 14 miles west of Williamstown, Massachusetts.