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Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area

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Size: 2,484 acres

Carlton Hill MUA is located three miles north of the Village of Warsaw in the Town of Middlebury, Wyoming County.

The area comprises abandoned farmland interspersed with scattered small woodlots.

Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities

Tall grass at Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area
Grasslands at Carlton Hill MUA
  • Birding
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • *Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Nature Study
  • Trapping
  • Wildlife Observation

A few activities are prohibited: off road vehicular travel, swimming and boating with motors.
*See Environmental Conservation Law Part 71: (link leaves DEC's website) No person shall camp in the area for more than three days without first obtaining a permit from: State Forest Ranger; NYS DEC; 182 East Union Street; Suite 3; Allegany, NY; 14706-1328.

Watchable Wildlife

Watchable wildlife symbol

The diverse habitat on the area is home to a variety of wildlife species. Some of the more common species are beaver, muskrat, mink, raccoon, fox, squirrel, deer, grouse, woodcock, turkey and a variety of song birds.


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.


The diversity of habitat types provides good food and cover for a wide variety of wildlife species. Particularly, Henslow's sparrow (threatened), northern harrier (threatened), grasshopper sparrow (special concern), yellow-breasted chat (special concern), pied-billed grebe (threatened), and horned lark (special concern). In recognition of this, the MUA was designated as a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) in 2006.

Current development and management objectives for the area are to provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife related recreational use. Shallow water impoundments were created to attract waterfowl. An annual system of grassland mowing is done to keep open fields from reverting to brush and trees. These activities are carried out with monies derived mainly from hunting license fees and federal taxes on sporting arms and ammunition. Hunting dog field trials are conducted on a portion of the area as well as the rental of fields for raising agricultural crops.

For more information, call or write to:

Region 9 Wildlife Manager
182 East Union Street, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706


From NYS Route 19: From village of Warsaw head north for three miles turn left on Fox Road.