Elk Neck State Forest

North East, Maryland

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Hike through diverse wooded flatland, rolling hills, and marshlands in Elk Neck State Park’s lesser-known cousin. Identified on maps as Trails 1, 2, and 3, the “trails” are actually wide forest roads, flanked by thick woods (mixed deciduous trees and evergreens) and allowing only limited vehicle access. You might feel a bit unnerved at the beginning of the hike—in addition to having occasional cars pass you, you’ll hear gunshots from the handgun and rifle shooting range you’ll pass at 0.6 miles. Once you pass the shooting range, the trail becomes more pleasant and isolated. Vehicles are prohibited from going farther than this point, and the landfill (out of sight of the trail) beyond the shooting range offers good habitat for whippoorwills and a variety of owls.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hike through diverse wooded flatland, rolling hills, and marshlands in Elk Neck State Park’s lesser-known cousin. Identified on maps as Trails 1, 2, and 3, the “trails” are actually wide forest roads, flanked by thick woods (mixed deciduous trees and evergreens) and allowing only limited vehicle access.

You might feel a bit unnerved at the beginning of the hike—in addition to having occasional cars pass you, you’ll hear gunshots from the handgun and rifle shooting range you’ll pass at 0.6 miles. Once you pass the shooting range, the trail becomes more pleasant and isolated. Vehicles are prohibited from going farther than this point, and the landfill (out of sight of the trail) beyond the shooting range offers good habitat for whippoorwills and a variety of owls.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North East
Distance: 6.9
Elevation Gain: 260 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2.5–3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Elk Neck State Forest
Local Maps: USGS North East
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk Neck State Forest

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Apr 2018