The Village of Gowanda

The Village of Gowanda

Gowanda means "a valley among the hills", which concisely describes the location of the village. Partially in Erie County and Cattaraugus County, Gowanda features many natural sites around the village perimeter and also historical sites in the center. Gowanda also borders the Cattaraugus Reservation, where members of the Seneca Nation reside.


Gowanda is right next to the Zoar Valley, which features over 2,000 acres of natural hiking trails, forest, waterfalls and more. The natural area extends along the Cattaraugus Creek and is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts. Gowanda is also very near to other larger cities, about 40 miles south of Buffalo, 36 miles north of Jamestown and 70 miles to Erie, PA.


The Seaway Trail: This is a large, 518-mile scenic route that travels mostly in the state of New York, but also enters into parts of Pennsylvania. Through this route, you can travel along Lake Erie, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Rochester, Lake Ontario and ends near the St. Lawrence River. Passing through numerous cities and towns, there are plenty of historical sites to visit and state parks to explore too.

Gowanda, NY Forest

Route 62: This route stretches northward and southward from Gowanda, leading up to the Buffalo and leading down to Warren PA and the Allegheny National Forest. There are many other towns and villages throughout this route that are a short distance along the way for pit stops. Additionally, taking a detour along the Southern Tier Expressway before you enter Pennsylvania leads to Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake.

Peninsula Drive - Erie PA: Heading eastward along NY-39 for about 18 miles will lead you to the I-90, right before approaching Dunkirk. You can drive down I-90 for about an hour before reaching Erie, PA, where the Peninsula Drive is located. This 9-mile ride loops around Presque Isle and Lake Erie, giving you spectacular views of the lake from many different angles. There are also campgrounds around the lake area and beaches to enjoy while it’s warm out. 


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