Location and the Surrounding Community
SUNY Fredonia is located in the heart of northern Chautauqua County at Exit 59 of the New York State Thruway. Students have the advantages of a small campus but are just a short drive away from major metropolitan areas.
During your four years on campus you'll enjoy venturing into the village of Fredonia and exploring Chautauqua County and beyond. The region, home to Chautauqua Institution and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, is an hour from Niagara Falls and is a vacation destination for many interested in arts, cultural, and all-season recreation.
Village of Fredonia
The Village of Fredonia is situated in the Town of Pomfret in Chautauqua County, the western most county in New York State. Fredonia is halfway between Buffalo, NY, and Erie, Pa; less than three miles from Lake Erie and is under a three hour drive of Cleveland, Toronto and Pittsburgh.
With a population of close to 11,000 residents, the Village of Fredonia has preserved its traditional small-town atmosphere while being large enough to offer the essentials for shopping and dining. Rated the "Best Community in Western New York" by Business First Magazine, the village of Fredonia offers you a safe, charming place to live or visit.
In addition to participating in the special festivals that bring art, music, and food to the downtown area, you can enjoy the everyday life in this historic, tree-lined village noted for its pristine Victorian-era homes. You can taste the specialties of a range of locally owned restaurants, pubs, bakeries, and pizza shops. You can see a film or enjoy a concert or performance at the beautifully restored 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Barker Commons, a park in the center of town, has two fountains, a gazebo, and plenty of benches for enjoying an ice cream cone. The nightspots in Fredonia are within walking distance of campus, and a special late-night shuttle makes it even more convenient for you to get to and from popular nightspots.
If you want to escape for a while, great hiking, golfing, skiing, fishing and boating are just minutes away from your busy life on campus. You can golf on one of nine area golf courses or hike the Eastside Overland Trail, the trails around the College Lodge or Allegany State Park. You can walk from campus to Canadaway Creek, considered to be one of the best places for trout fishing in North America. Many spectacular views give you plenty of chances to experiment with your camera: rolling hillsides, vineyards covered with grapes, and spectacular sunsets viewed at Chautauqua Lake or from the majestic cliff-lined shores of Lake Erie.
You can take a leisurely bike ride along the Seaway Trail, through the Great Lakes plains, amidst the gently rolling acres of vineyards, or feed your adventurous side by mountain biking on more than 19 miles of terrain on the Eastside Overland Trail. In addition, "Rails to Trails" maintains bike paths for more than 17 miles, where you traverse unused railroad corridors winding through scenic woodlands, wetlands, flowering meadows, and villages.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy premier skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling at excellent ski resorts, including Cockaigne, Holiday Valley, Kissing Bridge, and Peek'n Peak.
There are a number of hotels/motels in the Fredonia/Dunkirk area.
Areas of Local Interest