Waterfalls of Zoar Valley 12 falls

Gowanda, New York 14070

Waterfalls of Zoar Valley 12 falls

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."

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6/9/2018
Some of the falls are on private property so you can't see them. The public trail is about 4 miles and is very easy although slippery in some parts cause of the water. Make sure you're ready to get wet as you need to some water crossings. The falls, the gorge and the water along the trail are beautiful examples of New York's awesome natural places.
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3/23/2006
Trails.com has been informed that the last waterfall on South Branch Cattaraugus Creek on public property and legally accessible is Deer Lick Falls. All the falls upstream and proceeding south are on private land. The New York State Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area ends at Hairpin Bend (also known as Bear Point) and anyone continuing beyond that point upstream is trespassing on private property.
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Trail Information

Gowanda
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.5
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
Duration
Summer
Season
Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Birding
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
DEC, Region 9
Local Contacts

Activity Feed

Dec 2018