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Valentine Flats Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Valentine Flats Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Otto, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles
193 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers


Take Broadway Rd (Route 4) going south out of Gowanda, NY. Turn left onto Pt. Peter Rd. Follow it for about a mile and make a left on Valentine Flats Rd. by the paint-peeling farmhouse with a large flag pole in the yard. Valentine Flats Road dead-ends at the trail head parking area.

9 days ago

Great trail, easy to follow but lots of options for branching off. The river is gorgeous.

7 months ago


11 months ago

This is one of my favorite short hikes to do with my son. The water today was as high as I have seen it in 6-8 trips to this spot. I recommend bringing some amphibious shoes and doing a little creek walking.

Friday, February 09, 2018

The view was absolutely amazing. This is a great winter hike, quick, and simple.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Nice little in and out. Was a little muddy, which is fine. Some steep’ish parts. Beautiful view at bottom. I would recommend.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The trail going down to the creek is well worn and easy to follow. Allow about an hour or so to do this walk. But before you head down towards the creek, take the path to the left (up at the top where the path down to the creek’s about 100 yards in from the parking lot),and follow the ridge out to the end. It’s only a 10 minute hike and the view is spectacular!!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Poorly identified trail with only spray paint on the trees. Needs some TLC

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great, easy hike! The gorge is beautiful and the water's fun to play in with the pup. There are a lot of really cool uprooted trees, active wildlife, and fields of wildflowers. We were there for about three hours, but we took our time enjoying the water and exploring.

Monday, July 10, 2017

one of the most beautiful spots around.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fun hike though muddy and slippery, as we went after a good few days of rain. Outlook a bit scary but beautiful. The trail down to the creek is my favorite.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Excellent in fall - great foliage

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Beautiful Peaceful

Saturday, August 20, 2016

just beautiful

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Such a great place to spend a day exploring. The view from the top of Valentine Flats is stunning, and once you follow the trail down to the bottom of the gorge you can get right down into the creek and creek walk in either direction.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

800 ft of climbing It was great for western ny

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Excellent hike for Easter 2016! A nice blend of elevation, flats and a beautiful spot at the convergence of the Cattaraugus Creek with one of its branches. A gem in these parts!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The trail breaks off into a few branches at some points, but the hike down into the gorge is short enough that there's plenty of time to explore them and still have time to spend down at the creek. There was a flash flood warning the night before we went, so I'm sure the fast, rushing water we saw isn't the norm. It made crossing the creek and traveling along the gorge a little difficult.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

This is a pretty cool trial but it can be confusing if it's your first time there. It's not too hard of a walk, but it certainly isn't a walk in the park. There's many different ways to branch off on this trail and there's a lot to see and do. Definitely one of my favorite trails around buffalo

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