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Welcome to Caroline, NY


Caroline is a rural town southeast of Ithaca bordering Cortland and Tioga counties. Aside from the hamlet of Brooktondale, there are no densely settled areas. There is some farming, but much of the town is forested, including state forest land. Caroline borders Danby to the west, Dryden to the north, the Tioga County towns of Richmond and Berkshire to the east, and Candor to the south. Residents send their children to Caroline Elementary School, a part of Ithaca City Schools, and then to Ithaca for middle and high school.


The Brooktondale Market is the only grocery in the town, and there is a convenience store in Slaterville Springs at a gas station. Other than that most amenities are in Ithaca (20-30 minutes). Slaterville Springs is the site of the town hall and the post office.

Recreation & Entertainment

Hammond Hill State Forest a well-known destination for off-road biking enthusiasts. Robinson Hollow, Shindagin, and Potato Hill state forests all have hiking trails. Fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling are also permitted in state forests. The Finger Lakes Land Trust manages Goetchius Wetland Preserve. It is just north of the hamlet of Caroline and is an example of wetland restoration.

Transportation & Traffic

Route 79 traverses Caroline from Ithaca to Richmond. County and town roads (some unpaved) serve the rest of the town. Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) buses serve the town, including Bus Route 53, which swings out in a loop as far as Slaterville Springs, and Bus Route 52, which goes out to the Tioga County line on Route 79. Because most residents are commuter to Ithaca, the roads may be slightly congested during commuting hours in the morning and evening.

Pros & Cons

Caroline is a beautiful rural landscape filled with wildlife. Anyone who wants peace and quiet can find it by living here. On the other hand, most people will have to drive everywhere for everything, unless you live right in Slaterville Springs or Brooktondale, which have small stores. Caroline is also rather well known for getting a little more snow than almost anywhere else in the county..