Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area
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- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 9 Allegany Office: 716-372-0645 (M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM); firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: 1-877-457-5680 or 911
- Location: Town of Middlebury in Wyoming County
- Wildlife Management Unit : 9H
- Maps: Carlton Hill MUA Map (PDF, 1.37 MB) || Map of Carlton Hill MUA || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Located in the northwestern Cattaraugus Highlands portion of the Appalachian Plateau, the Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area (MUA) is a 2,484-acre area comprised of abandoned farmland interspersed with scattered small woodlots that provide a variety of habitat types for many kinds of wildlife.
Grasslands at Carlton Hill MUA
Hunting and trapping are allowed for a variety of species that can be found at Carlton Hill.
Little Tonawanda Creek is stocked with brown trout in the spring.
The diversity of habitat types provides good food and cover for a wide variety of wildlife species, including several threatened species (Henslow's sparrow , northern harrier and pied-billed grebe ) and species of special concern (grasshopper sparrow , yellow-breasted chat and horned lark ). In recognition of this, the MUA was designated as a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) in 2006.
- Mammals - beaver , muskrat, mink, raccoon, fox, squirrel and white-tailed deer
- Birds - ruffed grouse , woodcock, turkey and a variety of song birds
General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.
Individuals with disabilities can apply for a Motorized Access Permit for People With Disabilities (MAPPWD) to use a motor vehicle on designated roads. Two trail sections off the Middlebury Road parking area in the northern part of the WMA are available for ATV use for people with disabilities, one to the north of the road and one to the south. Contact the regional office at the number listed above to obtain a permit.
Carlton Hill MUA is located three miles north of the Village of Warsaw in the Town of Middlebury, Wyoming County.
All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.
All Google Map links leave DEC website.
- Middlebury Road Parking Lot: Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Middle Bank Street Road Parking Lot: Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Dale Road Parking Lot: Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Casselberry Road Parking Lot: Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Northern Bank Street Road Parking Lot: Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Southern Bank Street Road Parking Lot: Get Google Map Driving Directions
Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations:
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations (Leaves DEC website)
- Regulations specific to this property (leaves DEC website)
The following activities are not permitted in the Carlton Hill MUA:
- Off Road Vehicular Travel, including:
- All-terrain vehicles
- Boating with motors
Outdoor Safety Tips:
How We Manage Carlton Hill MUA
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Carlton Hill MUA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing/photography). Funding to maintain and manage this site is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration or "Pittman-Robertson" Act, which is acquired through excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment.
The one of the principal management objectives for the Carlton Hill MUA is to support a diversity of bird species including a number of species at risk.
The area lies in the northwestern Cattaraugus Highlands portion of the Appalachian Plateau. This ecological zone is characterized by flat-topped uplands with deep intervening valleys. It is comprised primarily of abandoned farmland interspersed with scattered small woodlots. Many farms were abandoned in the 1920's and 1930's because of the poor soils and steep slopes. The economic pressures during the Great Depression led to farm abandonment in the area. DEC began acquiring properties in 1961 under the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Bond Act of 1960.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
- Darien Lakes State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Silver Lake State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Letchworth State Park (leaves DEC website)
Wyoming County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.
Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.
Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.