The Town of Portville is located in Cattaraugus County in the southwestern corner of New York State along the Pennyslvania border, locally referred to as the Southern Tier. Portville is 65 miles south of Buffalo and 90 miles south of Rochester. Its eastern town line is the border of Allegany County, New York, and its southern town line is the Pennsylvania border.
The Town of Portville was first settled in 1805 as a result of its flourishing timber industry which to a lesser degree continues today. The name is derived by the town's early role in shipping lumber and other items down river.
The Town of Portville is 36 square miles. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.0 square miles, of which, 35.6 square miles of it is land and 0.4 square miles of it (1.14%) is water. Generally speaking, businesses and residences throughout the town have their own wells and septic systems. Police services are provided by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department. Fire services are provided by the Portville and Westons Mills Fire Departments with mutual aid being provided by adjacent towns. The Village of Portville of 1,100 people, which is in the southwest corner of the town, has its own water and sewer system, maintains its own roads and has its own police department. There are four postal zip codes within the Town of Portville - 14770 which includes around half of the area of the Town and all of the Village, 14788 for Westons Mills, 14760 for Olean postal distribution only, and 14727 for Cuba postal distribution only.
Communities and locations in the Town of Portville
If the sweet melodious trills of songbirds is music to your ear, you will not want to miss this bird walk through the wetland and scrub areas of Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Preserve. A well-known location for regional birders, the preserve hosts a multitude of migratory and resident birds. Visitors may see and/or hear dozens of species that frequent the area as they walk
Join amateur naturalist Jim Pomeroy as he teaches us to identify by ear some of our fellow crew members on Spaceship Earth or at least to stop, listen, appreciate and better understand nature from the sounds we hear. This nature program will introduce us to the skill of “birding by ear” as Jim will share bird calls common to our area as well as the sounds made by local mammals and am
Welcome to the NEVER ENDING ALPACA FARM!!! We have had the "alpaca lifestyle" for almost 10 years now. Our animals continue to improve from one generation to the next. We have learned so much by raising our alpacas with a very "hands on" approach. People comment on how friendly our herd is!
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The highest point in Cattaraugus County is Clare Mark, at 2,430 feet. This mount, in the Town of Allegany off Chipmunk Road, is privately owned, and does not have public access for hiking. Nearby attractions are Rock City Park and Allegany State Park.