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Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area

South Otselic, Chenango Co.

Partridge, Pharsalia hard woods, and a wild turkey

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Pharsalia WMA - the oldest WMA in New York State - has some of the largest blocks of forest in the region and supports a diversity of birds and other species which prefer such habitat. It is one of the few areas of the state outside the Adirondacks or Catskills that has breeding Swainson's thrush. In addition, Pharsalia WMA contains multiple impoundments providing habitats ranging from open water to wet meadow, and grassland areas ranging from small forest openings to ten-plus acres.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Ponds

Recreational Opportunities

  • Fishing, hunting and trapping
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Cross-country skiing


4,169 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Telephone: 607-753-3095

Address: NY Route 23, South Otselic, NY 13155

Website: Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area

Photo credits: J.Georg, Bonnie Parton, Richard Thomas