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Persia is a town in the northwest part of  Cattaraugus County, New York.  

The northern border of the town is partly formed by the Cattaraugus Creek with Erie County, New York on the opposite bank, and the east town line is defined by South Branch (of Cattaraugus Creek).

US Route 62 passes through the northwest corner of the town, and New York State Route 353 passes across the south part of the town. Much of the town is served by the north-to-south Broadway Road (County Road 4), which runs from NY 353 into the village of Gowanda.


The town was first settled around 1812. The Town of Persia was founded in 1835 from the Town of Perrysburg.

Communities and Locations in Persia

  • Gowanda – Part of the Village of Gowanda is located in the northwest corner of the town.
  • Persia – The hamlet of Persia is located south of Gowanda near the west town line.
  • Snyders Corners – A hamlet at the junction of County Road 4 and NY-353 in the south part of the town.
  • Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area – A small part of this conservation area is in the north part of the town.

Learn more about the Town of Persia.

Places in Persia

Visitor information for Gowanda and Persia, NY

Free Fishing Day in NY!

The NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation is hosting a FREE fishing day on February 17-18, June 29-30, September 28, and November 11th. There’s no fishing license required on those days for the fresh or marine waters of New York State, making it the opportune time for people of all ages to learn and enjoy the day. We especially encourage those with more experience to bring along the young people in your life to show them the value of patience, the anticipation of the bite and the exhilaration of the catch!