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What is New York State’s Most Iconic River?

Delaware River From the Roebling Aqueduct
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Unshackle Upstate asked an interesting question on Facebook recentlyThe Rio Grande River is to Texas as ________________ is to New York? So which New York river do you think is the state’s most iconic?

Your answer may be different depending on what part of the state you’re from.

North County residents are likely to answer the St. Lawrence. The river define’s much of the state’s northern border with Canada, is home to the Thousand Islands and the important Eisenhower Locks.

Western New Yorkers might say the Genesee River which was the engine that drove development in Rochester. Perhaps the Niagara River is the most iconic in the state. While it is short, there’s no denying the importance of the waterway that connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and the majestic Niagara Falls.

Southern Tier residents could counter with the Susquehanna River, which rises in Coopertown and eventually winds its way to the ocean in the form of Chesapeake Bay. How about the Delaware River, pictured above from the Roebling Aqueduct. New York Route 97, which parallels the river from Hancock to Port Jervis is one of the best drives in New York State.

Of course there is also the Hudson River which defines Eastern New York flowing from the High Peaks of the Adirondacks to New York Bay. The ability to navigate the Hudson from NYC to Albany allowed for the construction of the Erie Canal and the transportation of goods to and from Europe to the interior Great Lakes. The Hudson also gave its name to an entire art movement in landscape painting the Hudson River School. And no discussion of the Hudson is complete without mentioning its largest tributary and the river most identified with Central New York, the Mohawk River and our namesake Mohawk Valley.

So the decision lies with you, my fellow New Yorkers, what is the state’s most iconic river?

[Unshackle Upstate on Facebook]

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