Located in the Hudson River Valley, Columbia-Greene Community College is surrounded by one of the Northeast’s most scenic and historic areas. Thirty miles south of Albany and 110 miles north of New York City, the landscape is dominated by the verdant Catskill Mountains to the west and the rolling Taconic and Berkshire Hills to the east. Being near the state capital and New York City, the area offers a wide variety of cultural opportunities.
It is an area rich in the history of the early settlement of America. The legends of the Native Americans and Dutch settlers of the region often find their way into history and literature courses at the college. Many of the residences in use today date back to the 1700s and early 1800s. Historical museums such as the Bronck House, the Van Alen House, Lindenwald, the Pratt Museum, the Durham Center Museum, the James Van der Poel (House of History), the Shaker Museum, and the American Museum of Fire Fighting are all within a short drive of the campus.
Olana, the Moorish castle-like dwelling of the renowned nineteenth-century artist Frederic Church and now a state-owned landmark, is adjacent to the C-GCC campus and only a brief walk away. There, students can view paintings by Church and his instructor, Thomas Cole, along with Church’s impressive collections gathered during his world travels.
Columbia and Greene Counties abound in outdoor recreational resources. North Lake, Devil’s Tombstone, Lake Taghkanic, and Copake Falls all offer public campgrounds and facilities. Three major ski areas – Hunter Mountain, Catamount, and Ski-Windham – are each within a thirty-minute drive from the campus. The Hudson River and more than twenty lakes provide excellent boating and fishing. Nearby golf courses, tennis courts, and athletic fields are also available to students.