-- A combination of fields, rolling hills, pine stands, creeks and
an eight-acre pond make up 379 acres of land recently added to the
Fallsville State Wildlife Area in Highland County, according to
the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of
Wildlife. The newly acquired land is located about one mile south
of the existing wildlife area between Careytown Road and West
"In addition to providing more hunting lands, this new
area will present improved opportunities for anglers and wildlife
watchers in the area," said Todd Haines, southwestern Ohio
district manager. Built in the 1960s, the pond has an average
depth of 13 to 14 feet. Haines added that anglers can anticipate
catches that include
bluegills and largemouth bass. Situated near the center of the
property, there is no vehicle access to the pond. The eight-acre
pond is catch and release only.
Good fall hunting prospects exist on the new property for deer,
quail and rabbit. Dove hunters looking for a place to go during
the late season should try out the 10 acres of wildlife management
habitat that was planted during mid-summer. Pheasants will not be
released on the area.
In the spring, hunters will find a healthy turkey population
roosting in the area's pine stands. Birdwatchers will find
songbirds and a great variety of nesting and migrant birds using
the area during spring and fall migrations. Long-term management
plans include increasing prairie
habitat for pheasants, monarch butterflies, quail, red-tailed
hawks and the endangered Lark and Henslow's sparrows.
The now nearly 1,800-acre Fallsville State Wildlife Area is in
southwest Ohio, seven miles north of Hillsboro on State Route 73.
Limited parking is now available off Careytown Road, where in
addition to West Lane, new parking lots are currently under
construction. Maps of the area are not yet available.