Monroe is located on the southern end of Orange County, NY. The town encompasses three villages: Monroe, Harriman and Kiryas Joel. While Monroe only equates to slightly less than 3% of Orange County in terms of square miles, it is the most populous town in the county, with over 31K residents.
Monroe is the home to the original Velveeta Cheese factory, and also the birthplace of Liederkranz cheese. The town hosts an annual cheese festival in September to celebrate. In addition, there are usually free outdoor concerts in the summer at the ponds, a farmer’s market, Independence Day festival, summer carnival and more.
Monroe provides plenty of shopping, restaurants, and enjoyable outside areas. For example, the Goose Pond trail in the main square of Monroe provides a 1.6 mile loop for running, walking or biking. The Orange Heritage rail trail is an 11 mile paved trail for running, walking, skating or biking that extends from Harriman to Goshen.
In Harriman, you can find the state’s second largest state park, Harriman State Park. It has over 200 miles of hiking trails, 31 lakes, and beautiful vistas. The park in partly in Orange county, and also in Rockland, so it is bigger than the 1 mile town of Harriman.
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