Elk Neck State Forest

North East, Maryland 21901

Elk Neck State Forest

Elk Neck State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

North East
Nearby City
260 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2.5–3 hours
Elk Neck State Forest
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USGS North East
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Jul 2018