The Zoar Experience

The Zoar Experience offers 55 private acres of beautiful woods and trails nestled in the Zoar Valley near 3000 public multi-use acres. The secluded resort of The Zoar Experience is situated on the banks of the Cattaruagus River in Springville, New York. The Zoar is convientiently located next to natural wonders where hiking is a must. Zoar Valley and the surrounding areas provide a wide range of activities for every season such as fishing, kayaking, and snowmobiling. Our facilities offer every ammenity needed to have a relaxing and enjoyable experience in Zoar Valley. We offer lodging equipped with sleeping quarters, kitchen, bathroom, phone, sattelite TV and internet. Personal tours can be arranged. The Zoar experience is the perfect retreat for couples, families and friends. Whether it's a weekend rendezvous from the hassles of city life, or a week long fun filled family vactation, the Zoar experience is the answer. Snowmobiling and fishing enthusiasts can ask about our cabin to make thier stay that much more comfortable. The property can accomodate family and office picinics, staff retreats, weddings, birthdays, and offers the perfect surrounding for event pictures. Come experience Zoar Valley for yourself, call today!

Zoar Valley

The Zoar valley is formed by the main and south branches of the Cattaraugus Creek, this natural boundary between Erie and Cattaraugus Counties consists of old-growth forest, overgrown pastures, open meadows, deep gorges, cliffs rising upwards to 400 feet above the creek bed, sparkling streams filled with salmon, steelhead and brown trout, and rippling water falls. The area often referred to as the wildest, most remote place in Western NY, offers nature at its best; from peaceful serenity to some of the best white water rapids in the country.

Whatever the choice of transportation; walking, bicycling, hiking or kayaking, the breathtaking scenery of Zoar Valley is well worth the visit. The oldest forest, located in a more remote portion of the valley just east of what is known as Valentine Flats, shelters trees ranging upwards to 150-feet tall, and 350 years old. Official claims state these to be some of the tallest trees in the entire northeast United States.
Adjoining the Valley is another 398 acre property known as the “Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary,” designated a National Landmark by the U.S. Park Service in 1967. This area offers forests, meadows, streams and deep gorges. It is open to all who wish to enjoy the peace and serenity of this nation’s preserve natural heritage.
However, it has always been the Cattaraugus Creek that lends the biggest draw into the Zoar Valley area. Salmon fishermen cram the banks of the Cattaraugus in spring and fall hoping to land the big one as the Rainbows, and Coho and Chinook salmon run the creek to spawn. A low water level in early fall makes the Cattaraugus Creek one of the best places for good steel-heading during most of October. November and December are prime for brown trout.

In more recent years, spring has added new life to the Cattaraugus Creek area, as an onslaught of true adventure seekers make their way to experience its white water rapids. With the character of the Cattaraugus Creek changing dramatically depending on water level, those seeking authentic thrills have made the trek to explore one of the best kept secrets around; white water rafting on the Cattaraugus. Those who have “rode the waves” have come to realize that the Cattaraugus Creek with its Class II to Class IV rapids, ranging from the meek and mild to the exciting and wild, offers some of the best white water rafting experiences in the country.

Whether its natures best prime ancient forest, peace and serenity, hiking, fishing, or the thrill of a lifetime, Zoar Valley is the place to visit. It is truly the one place that fits all.

~Springville Directory - H&K Publications' 2003
By Linda Munro

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