Cattaraugus County

Cattaraugus County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 80,317. The county seat is Little Valley.

Cattaraugus County is in the southwestern part of the state, immediately north of the Pennsylvania border. The southern part of Cattaraugus County is the only area of western New York that was not covered by the last ice age glaciation and is noticeably more rugged than neighboring areas that had peaks rounded and valleys filled by the glacier. The entire area is actually a dissected plateau of Pennsylvanian and Mississippian age, but appears mountainous to the casual observer. The plateau is an extension of the Allegany Plateau from nearby Pennsylvania. Southern Cattaraugus County is part of the same oil field, and petroleum was formerly a resource of the area. It is now mostly played out, but natural gas continues to be extracted.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattaraugus_County,_New_York

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Dobbins Memorial State Forest
East Otto State Forest
Golden Hill State Forest
Little Valley
Pine Hill State Forest
Raecher Hill State Forest
Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forest
South Valley State Forest
Zoar Valley

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Map: Bush Hill State Forest

Map: Bush Hill State Forest

The 3,278-acre Bush Hill State Forest provides many outdoor recreational opportunities, the most common of which are hunting and hiking.

The North Country Scenic Trail crosses Bush Hill State Forest from Harwood Lake and travels east roughly parallel with the Fox Cross Forest Road and exits the property on Stebbins Road. Trail location may vary due to timber harvesting.

There are 11 designated campsites on the unit that are all available on a first come first serve basis: 9 along Fox Cross Forest Road, 1 on Palmer Road, and 1 on Peet Hill Road. They are tent sites only. Sites are designated with a yellow, round camp marker sign. The sites are primitive tent sites with a fire ring and one parking space. You are allowed to build a small fire using dead and down wood only.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/70686.html

Map: Boyce Hill State Forest

Map: Boyce Hill State Forest

The 971-acre Boyce Hill State Forest was mostly farm land and open field at one time. A house and barn used to be located at the end of Jackson Forest Road, near the present turn around. Another homestead site was located adjacent to this, near a natural spring lined with stone that still exists today. According to map records and existing evidence, there were two other houses with barns located along Bryant Hill Road and Phillips Road. In addition, natural gas lines that predate state ownership cross the property.

There is one designated camp site along the North Country Trail on the eastern end of the state forest, near the pond at the end of Jackson Forest Road. This is a primitive tent camp site. There is also one lean-to along the trail in the middle of the state forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/67601.html

Map: Zoar Valley Unique Area

Map: Zoar Valley Unique Area

"Zoar Valley" often refers inclusively to the larger valley of the Cattaraugus, but the state Multiple Use Area specifically encompasses an eight-mile section of the creek's Main Branch Canyon and three miles of the smaller South Branch. Canyon depths here are by far the greatest within the entire river corridor, ranging up to 380 feet in the South Branch and 480 feet along the Main Branch. Several nearly vertical rock faces approach 400 feet. Zoar Valley contains some of the last stands of old growth forest in Western New York.

Encompassing more than 2,939 acres in total, the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area (MUA) is one of the most scenic, ecologically diverse and potentially sensitive environmental areas in Western New York. A favorite spot among local hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, Zoar Valley is known for the spectacular scenery created by its deep gorge, sheer cliffs, flowing waterfalls and dense forests.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/36931.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoar_Valley