Zoar Valley


Managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the 3,014-acre Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area (MUA) is one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse environmental areas in Western New York. The Zoar Valley MUA is known for the spectacular scenery created by its deep gorge, sheer cliffs, flowing waterfalls, and dense forests. It’s location includes the Towns of Otto and Persia in Cattaraugus County and the Town of Collins in Erie County.

Activities include hiking, paddling, hunting and trapping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It is also a New York State Watchable Wildlife site.

Visitors should always stay on marked trails. The MUA contains hazards associated with rocks, steep slopes, cliffs and swift water. Safe gorge and creek access is only from the Valentine Flats Trail and Forty Road parking lot.

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