Welcome to the Town of Big Flats, the "Southern Tier Gateway to the Finger Lakes", formed in 1822. We are a close community with strong programs for Youth, Seniors and people of all ages. The Town Complex features a Community Center with all facets of community activities along with over 11 community parks, three walking trails with a relaxed town feel. Big Flats is foremost a cozy residential community with light commercial businesses and retail shopping centers. Big Flats is the home to the Glider Museum, Chemung County Airport, Warplane Museum and many nature preserves. The Chemung River runs through Big Flats featuring many activities like canoeing, kayaking and fishing. With excellent schools and a hometown feel, it makes a great place to retire or to raise a family.