Scenic Drives

Upper Delaware Scenic Byway

Hancock truly is “Where your adventure begins!” We are the Northern Gateway to the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway — New York State Route 97 — which traverses a scenic 70-mile stretch of the Delaware River from Hancock to Port Jervis, NY.

This scenic drive will take you past country eateries, art galleries, museums, theaters, antique shops, and general stores; all surrounded by undulating hills, long valley vistas, and rock cut landscapes.

The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway was voted #1 Scenic Drive in the Northeast by USA Today and is hailed by motorcycle magazines as one of the best riding roads in the Northeast Region. The nationally renowned Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, which largely parallels the highway, offers numerous accesses for fishing and boating. Portions of Route 97 are also designated by the National Park Service as Bike Route 17 for bicycling enthusiasts.

For more information on The Byway, see the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway website.

Scenic Route 30

The Hancock portion of this much longer scenic route begins in the village of East Branch and meanders along the East Branch of the Delaware River. This charming valley captivates the imagination and dreams of past and future generations with its striking green hills and crystal waters passing through historic villages along the way.

FEELING ADVENTUROUS?

If you want an “off the beaten path” experience that will truly give you a flavor for the unique charm for which we’re famous… And if you want to experience the area like the locals know and love it… then here’s a special treat for those of you who have dug deep into our site to find this little treasure. This 20-mile excursion will take you along “The Big D” into Pennsylvania to the quaint little Village of Equinunk. Stop at the quirky little Equinunk General Store for a browse and a nosh, then head on back over the other side of the river to Lordville, with an eccentric style all its own (trust us… you just have to see it). While you’re there, if you’re feeling really spunky, take a short but strenuous climb up to Jensen’s Ledges at the end of Bouchoux Road (see description in the Hiking section of this site) to enjoy magnificent views of the Delaware River Valley. Wind your way back home to Hancock along Humphries Brook to Route 97, stopping at our favorite ice cream stand — The Cow Lick — after savoring the breathtaking scenery from the mountains to the valley below. And, just for you, Here’s the map!

Regardless of what roads you choose to explore in the Hancock area, you will alway be rewarded with scenic views of the waterways, mountains, and rolling farm lands that define our geography. Spring, summer, winter, or fall, the rivers and roads in our area offer a truly bucolic rural experience, and the autumn foliage in our area rivals that of any in the northeast. We invite you to come and explore!