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Port Jervis is a historic river city that sits along the Delaware River in western Orange County, New York. The city is a major part of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway and serves as the Gateway to the Middle Delaware River.

 

Port Jervis once functioned as a major port between the D & H Canal and the Delaware River which use to supply coal to New York and Philadelphia. Port Jervis is one of the last major stops off of the NJ Transit line, which was once home to the Historic Erie Turntable. The city sits directly across the Delaware River from Matamoras, PA and is a short walk over the Mid-Delaware Bridge.

 

The historic downtown of Port Jervis remains partially vacant due to the loss of the small shops in favor of big box stores in Matamoras. Despite the loss of business, the city still sees a large volume of cars and remains a major thruway for traffic. The city has a an incredible amount of beautiful building stock that can easily be restored and redeveloped.

 

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Port Jervis is at a transitional point in rebranding the city. There is a strong push to capitalize on some of the many natural resources available to the city and evolve Port Jervis into an Eco-tourism destination.

 

With the help of the city a large group of volunteers recently formed the Outdoor Club of Port Jervis , a non-profit organization who call themselves the "Stewards of the Port Jervis Watershed Park and Trail Systems", have created dozen of new miles of singletrack mountain bike and hiking behind Point Peter:

 

The trails (click on map to view), have become quite an attraction for trail runners, mountain bikers, hikers, and naturalists.

 

Multiple organized mountain bike races take place on the trails annually and activities such as nature hikes, night hikes as well as organized trail runs & group rides take place on the trails year-round. 

The city is also going through a revitalization of the historic downtown, with an influx of new stores, shops and housing. The Fox N Hare is happy to be part a participant in this revitalization.

Central Business District

Port Jervis’s Central Business District is comprised of brick buildings from the late 1800’s many of which are now antique shops, pizza parlors and small businesses. The downtown area is architecturally rich, pedestrian friendly, and contains ample un-metered parking. Front Street sees a significant amount of traffic as it is located adjacent to a major bridge connecting Pennsylvania to New York.

 

Port Jervis sits in the middle of the Minisink Valley which includes portions of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and stretches from Forestburgh, NY to the Delaware Water Gap. The area includes incredibly valuable natural and historical resources, including the Delaware Water Gap, Grey Towers, Bushkill Falls and Hawk’s Nest.

 

The Minisink Valley is only an hour and a half away from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia. This area serves as a hub for Summer time activity including swimming, rafting, hiking and biking.