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Welcome to Spafford, NY


Spafford is a town in southwest Onondaga County, with much of the town sitting between Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake, two of the Finger Lakes. Spafford is bordered to the north by Skaneateles and Marcellus; to the east by Otisco Lake, the town of Otisco and, at the southern end, by Tully; and to the south by Cortland County (town of Scott).


Spafford is a small town with little commercial enterprise. For most shopping needs, you’ll have to travel a short way. For grocery shopping, the closest Wegmans supermarket is on Loop Road in Auburn, 18 miles west; another is on West Genesee Street in Syracuse, about 24 miles north. 

Recreation & Entertainment

In Spafford, the main attractions are the great outdoors. Both Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake are great for picnicking, boating, fishing, and watching sunsets. The Spafford Forest, a preserve, has trails and is popular with hunters. Ten Mile Point is a scenic area on the shore of Skaneateles Lake and a popular picnic area.

Transportation & Traffic

Route 41 runs north-south through town. Route 174 runs through the north part of Spafford. Some forested areas in town are not accessible by motor vehicle.

Pros & Cons

Spectacular scenery, small-town living and access to two Finger Lakes are what makes Spafford special. This is a mostly rural town, and you’ll have to travel a ways for most shopping and entertainment needs (other than outdoor options). The cities of Auburn and Cortland aren’t far away.