Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary Trail

EASY 25 reviews

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.

3.1 miles
429 feet

kid friendly


cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

12 days ago

we saw a Woodcock it was good and it was a little slippery I saw about thirty deer in all I wish we saw a black bear.

27 days ago

An absolutely beautiful day hike. Just be cautious because the trails need maintenance, there are a lot of fallen trees on the trails, which could prove an issue especially for kids. The white trail is pretty easy to navigate, but the section of the yellow trail after the ravine and deer lick falls gets sketchy because there is no actual trail because of debris. Hard to locate next marker due to circumventing fallen trees. My advice is bring a map and just stay alert for markers.

6 months ago

There are 5 different colored marked trails that vary in distance. They are all easy to navigate and no hunting is allowed , so no worries during hunting season.

7 months ago

Needs maintenance;trees down along some points of yellow trail and markings across creek not obvious. Others hiking said blue trail was full of "prickers"
BUT it's gorgeous shady terrain.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pretty easy hike, but be mindful of the terrain

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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!

Monday, June 13, 2016

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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.

Monday, May 09, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

White trail is the best super beautiful ridge hiking

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mostly well marked, easy hike.

Couldn't seem to find out how to get to the waterfall viewing area though...

Sunday, May 05, 2013

oops!! forgot to give it stars......oh...and once your done down to the end of Forty road.....take a walk on the beach!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

I enjoyed my hike immensely! Trails are well marked, well the orange trail is a little difficult to pay attention. Lots of great scenery....quiet...friendly sure to take the white trail all the way out...great view of the river from about 400 feet above...enjoy yourself!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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.

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