Fallsville Wildlife Area

About this Location

Fallsville Wildlife Area is in southwest Ohio, seven miles north of Hillsboro on OH-73. The 1,382-acre wildlife area is almost 50 percent meadow and grain crops. About 20 percent of the area is a mixture of shrubs, small trees, grasses, and forbs and almost 30 percent is woodland. Six shallow ponds are located in the area.

The initial purchase of land for this area began in 1957. Because the area is in the productive agricultural section of Highland County, it has been managed primarily for species of wildlife associated with farmland. Wildlife management to improve habitat has included the development of crop rotations and field sizes to provide food and cover for upland wildlife. Wildlife habitat has been enhanced by planting trees and shrubs to establish field dividers, improving existing fence rows through selective cutting, and protecting and improving woodlands.

Good populations of bass and bluegill are present in ponds in the area. Cottontail rabbits, ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, fox and gray squirrels, woodchuck, and white-tailed deer are the major game species. Waterfowl are most common during migration. Common furbearers are raccoon, opossum, muskrat, mink, weasel, skunk, and red and gray foxes.

A great variety of both nesting and migrant birds use the area. The spring migration of waterfowl and songbirds and the fall migration of hawks are of special interest. A variety of songbirds are in the area all year. Observing these birds provides recreation and enjoyment for many visitors.

A scenic waterfall and former old mill site are located on Clear Creek, which flows through the area.

Parking lots are situated throughout the area. A designated shotgun-only target area and a dog training area are maintained for year-round use.

The wildlife area has an accessible all purpose vehicle trail for use by permit only.

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at Fallsville Wildlife Area.


  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Restrooms on site

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Fallsville Wildlife Area webpage