Little Valley is a town in Cattaraugus County, New York. The town is named after its local geographical setting, a relative comparison of two tributaries (the other being the neighboring Great Valley) of the Allegheny River.
The Town of Little Valley is centrally located in the county. There is also a village named Little Valley, the county seat in this town. The town is north of the City of Salamanca
The first permanent settlement was made around 1816. The "Town of Elkdale," as it was originally called, was formed in 1818 from the "Town of Perry" (now Perrysburg). Little Valley was once an important rail station on the Erie Railroad and notable for its cheese and dairy industry. The location of the railroad resulted in moving the county seat to the Village of Little Valley, which was also later connected to Salamanca by a streetcar line.
The Towns of Conewango (1823), Napoli (1823), Mansfield (1930), New Albion (1930), and Bucktooth (1855, renamed Salamanca in 1864) were all formed from Little Valley. The Little Valley Creek flows through the town, as does a small tributary named Lees Hollow.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.9 square miles, of which, 29.9 square miles of it is land and 0.03% is water.
New York State Route 242 and New York State Route 353 are major trunk roads through the town. They converge at Killborn Corners just east of the Village of Little Valley. County Routes 88 and 96 act as bypasses. County Route 15, which picks up where Route 88 leaves off, continues northeast parallel to Route 242 between Little Valley and Ellicottville. County Routes 5 and 14 start in the northwest corner of the town and head toward New Albion and East Otto, respectively.
The Pat McGee Trail, a hiking and snowmobile trail, runs through the town parallel to Route 353.
The Cattaraugus County Fair has been a tradition in Little Valley for 169 years!! Families have experienced all the exciting rides, animal shows and live entertainment for more than a century!
This year they will be holding 3 shows at the Showplex in Hamburg, NY and 3 shows at the fairgrounds in Little Valley, NY.
Treat yourself to a trip through the beautiful hillls of East Otto Country. Formed in the spring of 1986, Hog Shed been offering quality handmade and homegrown treasures to the public for over twenty years.
Hog-Shed Studio Pottery is a wonderful destination for pottery lovers. Stop in and discover original handmade functional stoneware.
Where the locals go for a quick lunch or a hearty dinner.
Our Alpaca Farm offers Alpaca Farm visits daily; tours include a little alpaca 101, history of alpacas, daily routine for alpacas and us and features of their fleece. Our shop also carries an interesting variety of alpaca wear and goods from the Andes.
It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!
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Cattaraugus County was named #1 overall by New York Game and Fish Magazine for turkey hunting and is in the top three for deer hunting by DEC reports.