Waterfalls of Zoar Valley Trail

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Waterfalls of Zoar Valley Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gowanda, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 137 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

bird watching





wild flowers


no dogs

off trail
4 months ago

no marked trail, just the river bed

off trail
washed out
4 months ago

Definitely walking in the water while the water is moderately high. Didn’t make it much up the trail but hope to come back and try again!

5 months ago

Great time with the kids! loved hiking the trail and the creek bed.

7 months ago

I’m sure this is an easy trail when the creekbed is low, however my daughter, dog and I hit this trail when the water was running almost edge to edge. We managed to make it down to the confluence of the creek with the other creek, but couldn’t get any further with a dog. I’d have probably done it solo but wasn’t worth everyone going in or getting hurt at the time. I’ll definitely hit this trail when I’m back in the area and hopefully it’s not the creek crossing practice it was today.

Thu May 31 2018

Beautiful hike, walking through the water is fun but the rocks are slippery and the current gets strong at times so just be careful, but a great representation of the gorgeous upstate NY, waterfalls are picturesque! There’s a couple different trail heads, the directions through this app are reliable and the trail starts at the end of a dead end seasonal highway road so don’t be confused when the gps sends you to “unknown location” !

Mon Oct 16 2017

Beautiful creek. Fun walking in the water

Thu Aug 10 2017

There are some places you'll have to walk in the water so bring shoes for that and maybe a stick to help with balance in the slippery spots. Map to get there was confusing at the end; from Peter's Point Road, stay straight onto the dead end Forty Rd. when Peter's Point turns right. I had to backtrack to get to the trailhead.

Sat Jul 29 2017

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Mon Jun 19 2017

unfortunately following this app I never found this trail which was disappointing because I drove an hour to get there

Tue Jun 13 2017

Zoar Valley in Gowanda NY is my 2nd favorite trail overall (2nd to Letchworth State Park). The views of the Gorge cannot be compared to anywhere in NY State. The best part of the hike is that it allows you to walk alongside the creek (sometimes dangerous), taking in the most beautiful sections of the park. The fishing is the best in the area, but be prepared for a hike to find a good hole. I haven't been there in several years but I plan on visiting the next time I return to the area. Much of the trail can border the river but there is much foliage if you prefer a walk in the woods. The most breathtaking view is the view at the top of the Gorge, Yes it is beautiful and yes you will fall to a quick death if you get too close to the edge. There are no fences or borders along most of the trails and your only chance of survival is the Grace Of God Almighty. Just a warning ... many people have died there over the years and still there are a few who still think its funny to get drunk or clown around a 300 foot drop ... stay alert and you'll be fine. Don't mind the "Kill Joy" reviews ... theres much to experience at this park, and views that you can't get anywhere else.

Sun Mar 26 2017

Wonderful for a day trip with friends

Wed Aug 03 2016

It was a good hike, however the waterfall was disappointing. I was expecting a little more, it was still a nice hike though!

Mon Jul 11 2016

Great relaxing walk

Wed Nov 25 2015

Nostalgia. This was a beautiful creek hike I did many times as a child. Ruined by people littering and getting themselves stuck or hurt down in the gorge. Really quite a shame. The falls was beautiful, and evolved over time. Does anyone remember the giant rock that used to sit at the top of the falls and the "cave" it created below it? Then the giant log, that someone tied a rope to so you could attempt to climb it with the water beating down on you? What an amazing place, the grooves in the creek bottom were very interesting too. Little"shoots" that propelled you fast down the stream. We also joked that it wasn't zoar valley, but soar valley. Good times

Sat May 30 2015

Hiking is ok. Waterfalls are a little disappointing. Still, not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Sun May 24 2015

Fun trail good place to swim and spend the day in the summer

Thu May 21 2015

fun and adventureing

Sun Jul 13 2014

Holy gorge!

Fri Jul 11 2014

Awesome time, start to finish. Every view is absolutely breathtaking.

Tue Oct 02 2012

Nice hike 9/30/12 from the first parking lot off Point Peter (the dead end street) down into Valentine Flats. Good trail marked with orange blazes, taking about 45 minutes at a steady pace. The climb out was easy, even for an old guy, taking almost 60 minutes. We saw a Bald Eagle just after climbing out, at another stop about 3 miles south of the trail head.

Tue Aug 14 2012

place is amazing. i walked many trails. walked above and looked down into gorge then we walked in bottom of gorge, it was amazing i cant wait to fo back there is so much more to see n do there. all in all many parts were easy hikinf but didget tricky and dangerous in other spots

Wed Jun 20 2012

The falls are beautiful. If crossing the water beware of some forceful currents but the rest is an easy trek; bring lots of water, lunch, snacks.

Mon Apr 23 2012

great all round area have fished ,canoed the whole stream ,bring lunch ,water, snacks

Tue Jul 05 2011

Nice trail for a hot day ending at the water falls to jump into. Nice views of Gourge and cliffs of lower Cattaragus Creek. There are some steep reviens to be aware of.

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