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Hampton Brook Woods Wildlife Management Area

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Hampton Brook Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Great Vly WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 61-acre parcel located in the Village of Hamburg in Erie County.

Featured Activities

Wildlife Viewing
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guide.

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Directions

From Hamburg: Head south on East Eden Road, then turn right on North Hampton Brook Drive. At the end of the road, turn right onto Brookside Drive and continue until reaching the parking area - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

Forested trail at Hampton Brook Woods WMA in summer
Forested trail at Hampton Brook Woods WMA

The following activities are not permitted in Hampton Brook Woods WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
  • Camping
  • Kindling fires
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs other property
  • Overnight storage of boats
  • Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation
  • Construction of permanent blinds or other structures such as tree stands
  • Littering
  • Storage of personal property

Outdoor Safety Tips

NOTE: Ticks are active whenever temperatures are above freezing but especially so in the late spring and early fall. Deer ticks can transmit Lyme and several other diseases. More information on deer ticks and Lyme disease can be obtained from the NYS Department of Health (Leaves DEC Website). Also, practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts.

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Hampton Brook Woods is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for 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.

A principal management objective and technique for the WMA is to provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife-related recreational use.

History

The land was acquired in 2001 by DEC with funding provided by the Environmental Quality Bond Act of 1996. The area consists of nearly 78 acres of forested woodland, about seven acres of wetland and approximately four acres of brushland.

Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities

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.

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

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.