The Town of Bath is located in Steuben County, the seventh largest county in the State of New York. The town covers approximately 96 square miles and is geographically positioned in the center of Steuben County. Bath is by far the largest town in Steuben County followed by the Town of Troupsburg at 61.2 square miles. The Villages of Bath and Savona lie within the town, as does the hamlet of Kanona. The Village of Bath is the county seat. The Town of Bath lies in the southern part of “Finger Lakes Wine Country,” an area noted for its beautiful lakes, scenery and ability to produce quality wines and grapes.
The Buffalo Airport and Syracuse Airport can be reached in two hours. The City of Rochester and its airport are a one and one-half hour drive. The Corning-Elmira Regional Airport can be reached in less than 30 minutes, traveling east on I-86. New York City, Philadelphia, PA and Cleveland, OH are approximately five hours away by car.
The development of former Route 17 (east-west) into an interstate highway, now known as I-86, created four interstate interchanges in the Town of Bath: Exit 37 at Kanona, Exit 38 at Bath village and Exit 39, Bath town and Exit 40, at Savona. The numerous interchanges provide the town with unique opportunities for economic development as I-86 becomes a more popular thoroughfare across New York. Bath is less than 20 miles west of the intersection of I-86 (east-west) and I-99, a major north-south connection through Pennsylvania.
Topography, Floodplains and Wetlands
The Town of Bath is bisected by the Conhocton River valley in a northwest to southeast direction. Outside the Conhocton River Valley, and the valleys of its major tributaries, which are generally flat, the town is characterized by steep slopes and narrow valleys. Floodplains occur along the Conhocton River with associated wetland areas. An extensive series of wetlands exists along State Route 226, outside Savona, and is associated with Mud Creek which drains Lamoka and Waneta Lakes north of the town.
Tourism: Wineries, Lakes, Museums
Bath is close to many favorite tourist locations, such as the numerous wineries along Keuka Lake, the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, and the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) in Corning. Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, boasts many venues for recreational activities, particularly in the summer when tourism peaks. Bath is within a one-hour drive of two stellar New York State Parks, one in Branchport at Keuka State Park and another at Watkins Glen State Park. Nearby Watkins Glen boasts a nationally-recognized NASCAR road course where many summertime race events are held.