Owens Falls Sanctuary


Owens Falls Sanctuary
720 Center Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
(716) 687-1225
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The Owens Falls Sanctuary is one of Western New York’s best kept secrets. A tranquil hemlock forest where a cool, clear stream meanders through a deep ravine and cascades over dark shale ledges. Over the rush of two spectacular waterfalls, springtime brings a chorus of spring peepers and on a warm summer day you can hear the eerie flute-like song of the wood thrush. On the coldest winter nights, you can hear the wind passing through the snow-draped trees. The 57-acre property’s creek, its headwater forests, vernal pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region.

Preserve Guidelines:
1) Kindly please stay on the trail in order to protect the natural mosses and Native vegetation.
2) No dogs allowed.
3) Depending on the season, the trail may not be passable at the top of the falls where it passes through the creek unless it is dry due to drought, frozen during the winter or the water flow is low enough to wade through with proper footwear. Caution is advised.