is "The Gateway To The Delaware River". The East and West branches
of the Delaware River converge at Hancock from opposing directions
at the base of Point Mountain to form the headwaters of the Delaware
River which eventually flow to the Atlantic Ocean. Atop Point
Mountain is a mausoleum that was built by Dr. Frank Woolsey in the
1940's to house his remains. The mausoleum lies empty today and is
now abandoned. Dr. Woolsey was never buried there.
The Delaware river, along with the many streams, lakes and ponds that surround Hancock are teaming with brook and brown trout, perch, bass, bullhead and eel providing what many call... "the best fishing in the United States." The river also provides summer passage for canoers and rafters "running the rapids" to Equinunk, Skinner's Falls, Fishes Eddy and points as far south as Port Jervis and New Jersey. We will be happy to arrange a fishing guide for your stay at French Woods.
In the 1960's, New York Route 17 was designated most scenic highway in the nation and thousands of people ventured to the Hancock area each year to marvel at the Autumn foliage which is usually is at its' peak around the first week of October. Autumn is closely followed by large game hunting season in November. Hunters from as far away as 500 miles come to Hancock to bag their trophy white tail deer. Many Black Bear have also been taken in the Hancock area in recent years as well as pheasant and other small game. The fall time of the year also yields a generous maple syrup and maple butter producing season. Maple syrup from Hancock is shipped all over the world and rivals the famous Vermont Syrups.
Built in the early 1930s to
link Port Jervis with the town of Hancock, Route 97, which begins
its' journey at Hancock, has been designated "the most scenic
highway in the East." Hancock is "The Gateway to The Upper Delaware
Scenic Byway". French Woods Golf Course & Country Club is located 8
miles from Hancock on on this historic and beautiful Route 97.
finds golfers converging from all parts of the world to play at
The French Woods Golf & Country Club. The public course offers
panoramic views and 18 challenging holes carved out of the
17440 NY-97 • Hancock, NY 13783 • (607) 637-1800