The Southern Tier 8 region is a rural area with rolling hills, rivers and small urban centers. Our region has been called the “Gateway to the Appalachias, Catskill Mountains, and Finger Lakes”.
The region includes 8 counties, 129 towns, 54 villages and 5 small cities of Binghamton, Ithaca, Cortland, Oneonta and Norwich. Southern Tier 8 is home to 11 colleges and universities, several agricultural producers and numerous manufacturing centers.
Our Land is filled with beautiful lakes and rivers, abundant waterfalls and some of the best fly-fishing on the East Coast. Otsego Lake serves as the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, where waters lead to the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware County’s fresh water fills the many faucets in the City of New York.
The region is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Museum of the Earth, Discovery Center & Story Garden at the Ross Park Zoo, Animal Adventure Park with “April the Giraffe” and several restored carousels with short lines for young families, if the family missed Tim Tebow at the NY Jets training camp in Cortland, they may be able to see him play with the 2018 Rumble Ponies team in Binghamton.
Our Summers bring the Grassroots Festival, Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally, Chenango Blues Fest and Dick’s Open PGA tournament. Autumn brings colorful drives on Interstate 88 & 86 from Cobleskill to Owego, Route 17 (future I-86) through Delaware County and I-81 from Binghamton to Cortland. These routes may only be surpassed by US Scenic Byway Route 20 and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. One may take the time to reflect upon past drives at the Classic Car Museum in Norwich.
Our Winters offer downhill skiing at Greek Peak, splash-time at Hope Lake Lodge’s waterpark, cross-country skiing at municipal parks and entertainment at professional hockey and pond hockey events.
Year Round…The Ithaca Commons and beautiful historical Main Streets offer some of the best Italian restaurants, fresh yogurt & ice cream shops, craft beverage taprooms, museums, coffee houses and antique shops. Many can enjoy the sounds of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and live shows at the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, Ithaca Hangar & State Theater, Maines Arena & Broome County Forum, Cortland Repertory Theater and Tioga Downs. The 11 colleges and universities also offer a variety of community programs and upcoming talents. Across the region…wineries, maple farms, festivals and farmers markets celebrate our local tastes, while Howe Caverns & Secret Caverns offer a place to explore the underground and our many gorgeous waterfalls quench one’s thirst to discover our natural gems!
A Snapshot of Regional Statistics
Updated each January