Leon, New York

Leon is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York.  The name is derived from the former Kingdom of León in Spain, though it is pronounced like the American first name, "Lee-on".  The Town of Leon is on the western border of the county, northwest of the City of Salamanca.  The west town line is the border of Chautauqua County, New York.

The town was first settled around 1819. The Town of Leon was founded in 1832 from a part of the Town of Conewango.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.3 square miles, of which, 36.3 square miles of it is land and 0.03% is water.  The area is 23,023 acres. 

The Conewango Creek crosses the northwest part of the town, and Mud Creek flows through the south part of the town.  The surface in many parts of the town is broken by moderate hills, but in the northwest and along the western border is level and of a marshy nature. Much of the land here is subject to overflow, and is not valuable for farming purposes.

US Route 62 is a major north-south highway through the western part of the town.

The town of Leon, New York is known for having a large community of Old Order Amish.

Upcoming Events

Leon's Amish-English Basket making
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 9:00am - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 4:00pm

Feel like winter will never end?  Try a NEW learning Experience!  Learn how to make baskets, sew, knit, and quilt at one of the Leon Historical Society's Amish-English Events.  Both English and Amish teachers share their world and skills with you at these events.  Please come for the day and enjoy seeing and learning how things are done in the Amish and the Modern world.&nbs

Leon's Amish-English Wrap Purse Craft
Sat, 04/29/2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Feel like winter will never end?  Try a NEW learning Experience!  Learn how to make baskets, sew, knit, and quilt at one of the Leon Historical Society's Amish-English Events.  Both English and Amish teachers share their world and skills with you at these events.  Please come for the day and enjoy seeing and learning how things are done in the Amish and the Modern world.&nbs

Leon's Amish-English Cabin Fever Session 3
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Feel like winter will never end?  Try a NEW learning Experience!  Learn how to make baskets, sew, knit, and quilt at one of the Leon Historical Society's Amish-English Events.  Both English and Amish teachers share their world and skills with you at these events.  Please come for the day and enjoy seeing and learning how things are done in the Amish and the Modern world.&nbs

Places

Horses at Enchanted Oaks Ranch

Enchanted Oaks is a total training facility that includes boarding, training, showing and lessons.  They  offer complete preparation, show or trail riding, for horse and rider from beginner to advanced.

Photo of Leon Historical Society Museum

The museum is located in the heart of Amish country. There you can see artifacts from Leon's history dating back to the early 1800's, which include Civil War items, photos, farm equipment, clothing and more.

Travel Guide

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NYAGT Geocaching Trails

Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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