Reconnect With Nature at Elk Neck State Forest

As we move into deep summer, taking the opportunity to spend some time outdoors is something that many folks prioritize. Now that the Maryland Forest Service has issued guidance for the safe reopening of recreational areas, Elk Neck State Forest is an even more inviting destination for locals who are looking to stretch their legs and get some fresh air.

Spanning over 3,571 acres in central Cecil County, the forest comprises four major areas: the Main Tract, accessible via Irishtown Road, as well as three smaller areas (North East, Black Hill, and Shady Beach). In addition to the diverse and impressive natural landscape and wildlife, the forest includes opportunities for camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and birding.

Located not far from Chesapeake Ridge, the park is open during daylight hours all summer long. See the website for maps, parking, and safety information!