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Deer Lick Conservation Area

A National Natural Landmark of old-growth forest and gorge with trails in the Zoar Valley area

This National Natural Landmark of old-growth forest and gorges in the Zoar Valley Area is managed by The Nature Conservancy with miles of trails near the South Branch of Cattaraugus Creek.

What to See

A view of the top of Deer Lick Falls, old trees in the old-growth forest, miles of trails, a view of gorge from four hundred feet above South Branch of Cattaraugus Creek, Deer Lick Creek ravine and cascades and more.

From the Deer Lick Conservation Area brochure:

The Deer Lick Conservation Area possesses many unique features, but its two
most striking aspects are its gorges and old-growth trees. The forests have
flourished and endured because dramatic terrain makes them difficult to access,
and protects them from severe wind and storms.


Ancient Sugar Maple, American Beech, and Black Cherry trees, some over 100' tall.


Blue Trail, Red Trail, Orange Trail, White Trail, Yellow Trail

Visitor Guidelines

  • Stay away from gorge slopes; they are steep and unstable, and edges may be undercut.
  • Stay on marked trails at all times to protect this sensitive environment. Please watch your step; some areas may be wet or uneven.
  • For protection of wildlife, no pets are allowed.
  • No motor vehicles, horses, bicycles, hunting, trapping, camping, or fires.
  • Please make your visit low-impact. No gathering flowers, collecting plants, or disturbing birds and wildlife.
  • Carefully supervise children.
  • Leave only your footprints behind.


Permission required and archery only. Learn more on The Nature Conservancy website.

Phone Number

Point Peter Rd
Gowanda, NY 14070
United States

Latitude & Longitude
42.41998, -78.90536 Google Maps
Wheelchair Accessible
Pet Friendly
Credit Cards
Internet Access
Free WiFi
Parking - Bus / Motor Coach
RV Parking