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Vinegar Hill Wildlife Magement Area

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Vinegar Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) - The primary purposes of the Vinegar Hill WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA consists of 394 acres of upland habitat acquired by the State in the 1970's. The terrain of Vinegar Hill WMA is dominated by upland forested communities and old fields. Tree species include red and sugar maple, beech, birch, ash, hemlock and black cherry. Two large fields exist on the property as well as a stream and a small pond. The terrain is mostly gently sloping hillsides and flat fields but gets a little steeper on the eastern side. The fields are mowed periodically to prevent woody growth from taking over.

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Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Vinegar Hill Wildlife Management Area is located in Wildlife Management Unit 4R. Most of the property was given to the state as a gift by the previous owner with the stipulation that it become a Game Refuge and that no hunting or trapping be allowed. Therefore, this property is open to other uses such as hiking and bird watching only. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Vinegar Hill WMA is open to fishing, please visit Dec's website for more information about fishing.

Wildlife Viewing

  • white-tailed deer
  • black bear
  • gray squirrel
  • fox
  • raccoon
  • fisher
  • wild turkey
  • ruffed grouse
  • songbirds


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Town of Lexington and bounded by Rte 42 on the east and Beech Ridge Rd on the west. A parking area has been developed to provide access to the area from Beech Ridge Rd #1.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

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The following activities are not permitted in Vinegar Hill WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobile
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing (except at designated areas on Launt Pond)
  • Camping (except at designated areas)
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or 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)

How We Manage

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Vinegar Hill WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 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.

Management on the Vinegar Hill WMA is currently limited to the mowing of fields about every three years. This allows nesting and use by songbirds while making sure that woody browse does not overtake the old fields.

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.