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Viewing Interstate 86 from the Mossy Bank Park Overlook in Bath, New York

Perhaps the best scenic overlook of Interstate 86 in the Southern Tier of New York State is at a place that you may have never heard of before. Mossy Bank Park sits on top of a perch just south of downtown Bath, New York and the Cohocton River, just south of I-86. It offers a scenic panoramic vista of the Village of Bath, nearby I-86 and the Cohocton River Valley, which can be easily reached by both nature trail and automobile. The views of foliage from the top of the overlook are spectacular, especially in autumn, but they are also nice in summer as well. There is a small pavilion at the top, flanked by an American flag that can be seen from nearby I-86.


Mossy Bank Park has more than a scenic vista that can't be beat. There is also a playground, picnic area, a fitness trail and a nature center as well, making it a nice spot to bring the entire family. The best way to get to Mossy Bank Park is to take Cameron Street (Steuben County Route 10) south out of Bath, climb up the hill and follow the signs to the park.

Looking towards the northwest. Downtown Bath is on the right, while I-86 is stretching out to nearby Kanona and beyond.

East of downtown Bath.

Downtown Bath.

East of downtown Bath again.
Looking beyond Bath and over towards Hammondsport.
On the road to Mossy Bank Park.
Mossy Bank Park. There is a loop road that goes around the picnic area and has a side road that goes to the scenic vista.
Fitness trail, picnic tables and playground equipment.

Ted Markham Nature Center.



How to Get There:


Sources and Links:
Mossy Bank Park & Nature Center - Welcome to Mossy Bank Park and Nature Center in Bath, NY!
Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes - Mossy Bank Park
Finger Lakes Wine Country - Mossy Bank Park and Nature Center
Points of Inspiration - Scenic Views Trail


Update Log
March 4, 2019 - Published original article to Unlocking New York.
August 26, 2021 - Transferred article from Unlocking New York to Gribblenation.

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