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Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area

Gowanda, Cattaraugus County

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Encompassing nearly 3,000 acres, the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area is one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse natural areas in western New York State. Zoar Valley is known for its deep gorge, with 100 to 500-foot cliffs, waterfalls and dense forests.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Broad-winged hawks
  • American kestrels
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Woodchucks
  • Foxes
  • Midland painted turtles
  • Red-spotted newts

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Deck along the creek

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Fishing

Accessible Features

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This site has a universal access deck overlooking the South Branch of Cattaraugus Creek at the Forty Road parking area. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


2,939 acres

Closest Town



Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Zoar Valley MUA. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 716-372-0645

Website: Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area

Photo credits: DEC