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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

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

Get around


  • 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.



  • Kookaburra, 58 Alder Street, +1 914-937-4399. Six-bedroom, three bath rental chalet. Owner lives out-of-region. $3100/week, $2100/long weekend.


Go next

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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