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Jay is a tiny hamlet within an eponymous 2500-person town in Essex County in the Adirondacks.


Jay Bridge

Jay (formerly "Mallory's Bush" or "Lower Jay") is a hamlet on NYS Route 9N along the East Branch of the Ausable River.

The adjacent "Upper Jay" was formerly the site of the "Land of Makebelieve" amusement park (1954-1979), which closed after repeated flooding; some of the fairy tale houses from the park were moved to Storytown (now the Six Flags Great Escape) in Queensbury (south of Lake George).

Get in[edit]

From Wilmington (New York), take NY 86 five miles (8km) east.

Get around[edit]


  • Jay is the "Home of the Covered Bridge". An 1857 covered bridge, rebuilt and reopened as a footbridge in 2007, is below the village green near the rapids.


  • There is a swimming area near the bridge and the village green.



  • The Country Bear (5830 NYS Route 86, +1 518 946-2691) is a cute country diner down the road in Wilmington; see that village for additional options.



  • Kookaburra58 Alder Street +1 914-937-4399. Six-bedroom, three bath rental chalet. Owner lives out-of-region. $3100/week, $2100/long weekend.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Jay
Plattsburgh via US 9.svg ← Jct N NY-22.svg S  N NY-9N.svg S  KeeneSaratoga Springs
Jct N NY-30.svg SWilmington  W NY-86.svg E  END

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