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Wawayanda, Town of

Wawayanda focuses on community spirit

Wawayanda is a town in the western part of Orange County, New York, and consists of eight hamlets. The town is within a short drive of a wide range of parks, orchards, lakes, shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment facilities.

Neighboring Middletown offers the excitement and conveniences of a bigger city without giving up the quiet living in Wawayanda. Middletown’s Galleria at Crystal Run is a popular shopping center, as the mall’s stores feature household goods, clothing for men, women and children, technology items and entertainment goods. It also contains restaurants, food courts, bars, an indoor playground, a trampoline park, escape rooms, bowling, karaoke, a movie theater, a day spa and more.

Back in 1974, Benjamin and Dorris Shannen donated 54 acres to the town to be used as a park and wildlife area. Now Shannen Park has walking and jogging trails, picnic pavilions with grills, basketball courts and ball fields. An ice-skating rink is available in the park during the winter months and there’s a wonderful playground with equipment designed to be accessible to children with disabilities.

Nearby Wawayanda State Park offers mountains and lakes for families to explore. The park contains more than 40 miles of marked trails. Hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing, bird watching, hunting, camping, horseback riding, picnic areas and playgrounds are all popular activities. Winter activities in the park include skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating and ice fishing.

The Slate Hill Pacers are a group of Wawayanda citizens age 55 and up. Lunches, a quilting club, social events, trips, community outreach and recreational activities are planned and hosted by the group. The senior center is located at Shannen Park. Wawayanda is a quiet and close-knit community welcoming people of all ages.

Population: 7,288
Median Home Value: $276,700

County: Orange, NY
Latitude: 41.37219322
Longitude: -74.5296554

80 Ridgebury Hill Rd.
State Hill, NY 10973


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