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Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area

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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.

Tall grass at Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area
Grasslands at Carlton Hill MUA

Featured Activities

Hunting & Trapping
General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Hunting and trapping are allowed for a variety of species that can be found at Carlton Hill.

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Little Tonawanda Creek is stocked with brown trout in the spring.

Wildlife Viewing
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

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.

Accessible Features

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.

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations:

The following activities are not permitted in the Carlton Hill MUA:

  • Off Road Vehicular Travel, including:
    • Cars
    • Trucks
    • Snowmobiles
    • Motorcycles
    • All-terrain vehicles
  • Swimming
  • Boating with motors

Outdoor Safety Tips:

How We Manage Carlton Hill MUA

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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

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.

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