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

2019 Little Valley Sportsman Show
Sat, 04/06/2019 - 9:00am - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 3:00pm

Buy-sell-trade-browse at the annual Sportsmen's Show sponsored by the Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department featuring modern and antique firearms and accessories, game calls, sporting goods, and fishing tackle.

Memorial Day Trail Ride
Fri, 05/24/2019 - 8:00am - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 5:00pm

Bring your horse and enjoy the company of other equine enthusiasts.  Trailrides both Saturday and Sunday.

What are we offering? Friday night – Soup,
Saturday - Breakfast, Lunch, Ride, Dinner & Dance,
Sunday – Breakfast,Ride, Lunch and Leftover Dinner. There will be fun activities after lunch.

2018 Cattaraugus County Fair
Mon, 07/29/2019 - 8:00am - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 11:00pm

Make plans to attend the 2019 Cattaraugus County Fair with exciting rides, animal shows and lots of FREE live entertainment!  Celebrating its 177th year in 2019, 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

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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Vail Hardware is THE spot to visit in Little Valley if you're looking for hammers or horse food, plant seeds or bird seed, greeting cards or gifts.  This small town store has it all.  A full service hardware store that strives to provide the best in customer service.

Sewing machine repair. 

Alpacas kissing young lady

Nestled on a hillside in the Enchanted countryside of Western New York, you will find Mager Mountain Alpacas owned by Paul & Suzanne Mager. Their farm is conveniently located only 60 miles south of Buffalo and situated in the heart of ski country (where warm, lightweight, incredibly soft Alpaca clothing is appreciated).

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Travel Guide

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2019It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!

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NYAGT Geocaching Trails

Meaning of the word Cattaraugus

CATTARAUGUS, from a Seneca Indian word meaning “bad smelling banks,” referring to the odor of natural gas leaking from rock seams. http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/pdfs/countynames.pdf

The word "Cattaraugus" means "foul-smelling river bank." This name is a result of the natural gas that oozes from the river mud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattaraugus_Creek.

In our opinion, only some of the river banks are bad smelling. Come on over and visit a creek in Cattaraugus County and tell us what you think.

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