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Warwick Summer Arts Festival Parade

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Warwick and Vernon Valleys – at a Glance . . .

Warwick NY (pop. 32,065  Township of Warwick, according to the 2010 US Census) is the second largest township in New York State and has a total area of 104.9 square miles, of which, 101.7 square miles is land and 3.2 square miles (3.04%) is water. It includes three unique villages (Florida, Greenwood Lake, and Warwick) and eight hamlets (including Amity, Bellvale, Edenville, Greenwood Forest Farms, Little York, New Milford, Pine Island, and Sterling Forest). Greenwood Lake nine miles long and the largest lake in Orange County, NY, straddles the New York/New Jersey border. Glenmere Lake, an extremely critical habitat for endangered species forms the border between the Town of Chester and Village of Florida.

AT-communityThe Appalachian Trail runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, a distance of about 2,160 miles. In the New York-New Jersey region, however, it courses through Vernon and Warwick NY where it includes some of the most famous sections, like the “Stairway to Heaven,” the “Boardwalk,” and the magnificent view of the valley from Bellvale Creamery, atop Mt. Peter. Warwick was named an official Appalachian Trail Community, which recognizes communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), and those along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by all that use the A.T. and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail.

“The beautiful Warwick Valley,” according to NJ Skylands, “is a destination renowned for its Victorian charm, sense of community, sophisticated culture, and distinctly rural character.  Just 55 miles from New York City, Warwick NY and its New Jersey neighbor Vernon Township, once a tiny village tucked in a crease at the base of a ripple of mountains, has, for decades, defined itself as a four-season resort destination.”

Pine Island and Florida’s fertile Black Dirt region produces about five percent of the nation’s onion crop as well as organic vegetables, sod, and flower crops. Residents and visitors alike enjoy fresh local produce in full bloom from May through November at The Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market, and the Florida’s Farmers Market. Warwick’s natural beauty extends beyond its farmland to mountains, streams, and lakes throughout the Hudson Valley. Warwick’s agricultural richness and talented, local nursery owners and gardeners collaborated to compete (and win) in the America in Bloom Community competition, and later, became a Communities in Bloom International winner!

There are exciting events, fairs and festivals in Warwick (the Warwick Summer Arts Festival in July, Pine Island’s Black Dirt Feast in August,  Applefest in October, and Winter Carnival on a frozen Greenwood Lake in February) attract tens of thousands of visitors annually to the Warwick Valley, as do its splendid horse trails, orchards, wineries, and distilleries.