Little Valley, New York

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!

Upcoming Events

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 8:00am - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 6:00pm

This year they will be holding 3 shows at the Showplex in Hamburg, NY and 3 shows at the fairgrounds in Little Valley, NY.

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 8:00am - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 6:00pm

This year they will be holding 3 shows at the Showplex in Hamburg, NY and 3 shows at the fairgrounds in Little Valley, NY.

2018 Cattaraugus County Fair
Mon, 07/30/2018 - 8:00am - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:00pm

Make plans to attend the 2018 Cattaraugus County Fair with exciting rides, animal shows and lots of FREE live entertainment!  Celebrating its 176th year in 2018, this is a real down home country Fair.  Large enough to include exciting events like the demos and Monster Truck rallies, but small enough that you don't feel overwhelmed.  Affordable for the whole family, presale ticket

Places

old photo of the Mansfield Area Historical Society Museum

Established in 2010 in the former Mansfield Town Hall (previously a United Congregational Church); for the preservation of historical significance in the early settlement of Cattaraugus County and to promote continued area businesses.

The Museum will be open every other Saturday 1-5pm, spring through autumn.  Otherwise, please call for an appointment.

Enjoy your vacation here!

Available during the Ski Season (December - March): Come enjoy this 6 bedroom, 5 bath home (Sleeps 20).  Just 9 (14km) miles from Holiday Valley, settle in at home with 2 Master suites, 2 bedrooms with shared connecting bath and 1 private room.  Includes spacious kitchen, porch to store all your skiing gear and washer/dryer.

Man between huge rock formations at Little Rock City

Little Rock City is a local landmark of geologic interest. Located at 42° 12’ 31” N, 78° 42’ 31” W, Little Rock City is located north of Rock City State Forest and is accessible in the spring, summer, and fall by vehicle, and during the winter by snowmobile.

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