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Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area

Natural Area or Park

The Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area is a 5,100 acre upland tract, situated approximately eight miles west of Dansville, New York. The tract was purchased in the 1930's under the Federal Resettlement Administration and is one of several such areas turned over to DEC for development as a wildlife management area. The area is appropriately named after the Timber Rattlesnake, which historically was found in the more remote sections of the "Hill".

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About Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area

The Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area is a 5,100 acre upland tract, situated approximately eight miles west of Dansville, New York. The tract was purchased in the 1930's under the Federal Resettlement Administration and is one of several such areas turned over to DEC for development as a wildlife management area.

Roughly two-thirds of the area lies in southern Livingston County, while the remaining third lies in northern Allegany County. The area is appropriately named after the Timber Rattlesnake, which historically was found in the more remote sections of the "Hill".

  • Multi-use Trails: Rattlesnake Hill features a variety of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Please stay on the designated trails to protect the diversity and richness of the plant communities found within this area.

  • Hunting & Trapping: The area is inhabited by a variety of game species and is open to public hunting. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, grey squirrel, cottontail rabbit, and woodcock are found on the WMA. A number of small marsh units have been developed and provide limited hunting for waterfowl.

  • Fishing: Several of the deeper water impoundments are stocked annually with trout. Those portions of Sugar Creek, Hovey Brook, and Canaseraga Creek which are on or adjacent to the management area are known trout waters.

  • Wildlife: The WMA offers an interesting blend of upland habitats such as mature woodland, overgrown fields, conifer plantations, old growth apple orchards, and open meadows.

Rules and Regulations

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

For more information visit the DEC's website.