May 15th, 2020
Located not far from your apartment in Maryland, Elk Neck State Forest in North East is a nature preserve and recreation area managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Forest Service. With over 3,000 acres of forests, hills, and marshland, it represents some of the region’s best-loved and most-used public lands. Hunters and anglers utilize the Main Tract of the park, just off Irishtown Road, as well as the Black Hill Tract accessible from McKinneytown Road. Runners and hikers also frequent the park, as both the Mason-Dixon Trail and the Elk Neck Trail System wind their way through the park and offer miles of interesting terrain (paths are open year round during daylight hours).
More interested in aesthetic experiences? There’s plenty to admire for artists, photographers, and those who simply want to enjoy a nice view of the Chesapeake Bay (start with the scenic overlook near the Main Road Trail). Park maps and trail guides are available via the website.