Office:Elk Neck State Forest717 Irishtown RoadNorth East, MD 21901
Office Hours:7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Black Hill Ranger Station130 McKinneytown RoadNorth East, MD 21901
ALERT: Elk Neck State Forest Range Complex will be closed for four days in September
All the shooting ranges (rifle, pistol, and shotgun) will be closed to the public on Monday, Sept. 13, and Tuesday, Sept. 14 and again on Monday, Sept. 27, and Tuesday, Sept. 28 for maintenance work at the range complex.
Questions about the range closing can be addressed to the Elk Neck State Forest office at 410-287-5675.
Elk Neck State Forest is an approximate 3,571 acre parcel of land situated in central Cecil County consisting of four separate tracts of land. Elk Neck State Forest is open to the public for hunting, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Shooting ranges for bow, hand gun, shotgun and rifle are also available to the public. Permits are accessed from a self-service honor system located at the Maintenance Complex. The forest supports a diverse habitat with mixed deciduous and evergreen trees and an understory of mountain laurel, azaleas and other native shrubs. Birdwatchers, including members of the Cecil County Bird Club, enjoy seasonally observing the forest's abundance of migratory birds. For those interested in wildflowers, the Forest is home to an abundance of natural fauna.
The Forest is open from sun rise to sun down each day. During periods of inclement weather, forest roads may be closed temporarily until they are safe for public use. The Forest will remain open with public parking available at the Main Entrance off of Irishtown Road.
On bad weather days, please call the Forest Office for current road conditions and temporary closures.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)