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Welcome to Bethany, NY


The town of Bethany is on the southern edge of Genesee County, about six miles southeast of Batavia, the county seat. Bethany is bordered to the west by Alexander and Batavia; to the east by Pavilion; to the north by Stafford and Batavia; and to the south by Wyoming County. Bethany has six hamlets, including Bethany Center, where government offices are located, and East Bethany, where the post office is located. Bethany is where you’ll find Genesee County Park & Forest, which has 430 acres of forest and rolling hills, five ponds and more than 10 miles of hiking trails.


Bethany has a small business district. A six-mile drive gets you to Batavia, where you’ll find retail like Walmart, Kmart, Target, Sears and Penney’s, as well as a Top’s Friendly Markets grocery store. Three school districts serve Bethany residents; depending on where they live, students attend the Pavilion Central School District, the Wyoming Central School District, or the Alexander Central School District.

Recreation & Entertainment

Being such a rural community, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities are popular here. Rolling Hills Asylum, which has been featured on TV shows, offers ghost tours and Classic Horror Movie nights. For golfers, Bethany has Bethany Hills. Genesee County Park & Forest has five picnic areas, four playgrounds, baseball and football fields, and plenty of wide-open space for hiking.

Transportation & Traffic

Route 20 runs east-west through Bethany. Route 63, which heads north-south is on the eastern edge of town. Route 98, another north-south highway, is just west of Bethany.

Pros & Cons

The county park and forest offer more than 400 acres of space for picnics, hikes and other outdoor activities. Wyoming County, where part of Letchworth State Park is located, is just south of here. Bethany is a quiet, agricultural community but only a few miles from Batavia, the commercial and cultural center of Genesee County.

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