Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gowanda, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
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Very beautiful setting. I went last summer, so I forgot which trail(s) we took, but ended up at the water over a small waterfall. Really enjoyed walking along the creek. Great photo opportunities!
We did the White trail, very well marked. You had to pay attention to trail markers when you do the loop, a little more spread out. Lots of ups and downs but we survived them. One partial view of gorge. A few places had trees down across the path.
Hiked white trail to the end and back. No one else on the trails today. Trails are well maintained and marked. Not many views of the valley/gorge on the white trail because of foilage. At end of trail can get a glimpse of the gorge through the trees. Plan on going back soon to do yellow trail to the falls. Very quiet relaxing place to take a hike. Not to hard, few ups and downs but nothing to strenuous.
Did about 3/4 of the white trail with mom and the boys, 5 and 10, for Mother's Day. Proximity of the trail to the drop offs made mama a little nervous with the 5 year old but in general the trail was great. The blazes are well marked. The area has a great feel to it, many vines that look like they've been there since the jurassic period. The sign in sheet and community hiking stick pile at the start were a great touch. We'll definitely return.
White trail is the best super beautiful ridge hiking
Mostly well marked, easy hike.
Couldn't seem to find out how to get to the waterfall viewing area though...
oops!! forgot to give it stars......oh...and once your done here....drive down to the end of Forty road.....take a walk on the beach!
I enjoyed my hike immensely! Trails are well marked, well the orange trail is a little difficult to see...so pay attention. Lots of great scenery....quiet...friendly people....be sure to take the white trail all the way out...great view of the river from about 400 feet above...enjoy yourself!
One of my favorite hikes in Gowanda, NY. I go several times each year. The most beautiful gorge you ever want to see. Nice stream throughout gorge that allows you to cross periodically while trekking. Trail borders the Genesee River making it easy to follow trail. Super beautiful views so bring the camera and a lunch.
I really like Zoar Valley, in all the areas. This one is really nice, three trails, easy to follow. (website says 5? I only saw three.) Few improvements. Parking area not plowed in winter. Just an out house at the trailhead. Trail does cross streams, so conditions have to be considered.