Waterfalls of Zoar Valley (12 falls) Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Zoar Valley is the gorge cut by the Main and South Branches of Cattaraugus Creek. The area was established as a 2,926-acre State Multiuse Area, used for recreation, logging, and wildlife management in the mid-1960s. The total canyon is 12.6 miles long and sports the second highest vertical cliffs in Western New York State (415-feet high). Of more interest to us, it contains 12 waterfalls. The names of these waterfalls aren’t official according to DEC or USGS, they’re monikers given by local folks over the years. Some are even referred to by multiple names. Back in the 1800s there was a trading post in Zoar Valley. In the late 1960s hippies camped in the valley during warmer months. It became notorious as a nude sunbathing area. Nude sunbathing still occurs here but camping has been outlawed. NOTE: There are several waterfalls on South Branch Cattaraugus Creek that are located on private property and should not be visited."