Maryland's State Forests

ALERT: As per Governor Hogan’s amended stay-at-home order​, on Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Maryland Forest Service has reopened the public shooting ranges at Green Ridge, Savage River, and Elk Neck State Forests and other recreational activities such as camping and equestrian use with certain c​onditions. Please read and follow these conditions for the safety of all visitors and staff, and so that these facilities can remain open for public use.​​

Photo of forested land​​​The Maryland Forest Service manages over 214,000 acres of designated State Forest. Maryland’s State Forests offer a number of recreational opportunities. Click on a forest name below to learn about activities available in a particular forest. State Forest Foresters employ silvicultural activities to care for the forest ecosystems. Foresters for each state forest collaborate with other units within the department and stakeholders to make sustainable forest management decisions, and select and delineate areas for active management. A major tool used by the foresters is harvesting. Among other benefits forest harvest operations in state forests:

  • Utilize mature and dead, dying, and diseased trees
  • Thin out overstock stands
  • Improve and diversify wildlife habitat
  • Control invasive exotic plants
  • Effectively correct public safety concerns and issues
  • Reduce the forest vulnerability to insect attack or wildlife hazard
  • Improve aesthetic aspects of an era
  • Improve the proportions of age class and species diversity within stands and management blocks.

Maryland State Forests Location Map

Firewood Alert

Firewood for camping must be purchased from local vendors. Please do not bring personal firewood in to the State Forest. A wide variety of forest insect pests are accidentally transported and introduced to new areas by transporting personal firewood between distinct geographic locations. Please keep our forests safe!

State Forests in Western Maryland


State Forests in Central Maryland


State Forests in Southern Maryland


State Forests in Eastern Maryland



The Dictionary of Forestry​

The Dictionary of Forestry is published by the Society of American Foresters and edited by F.C. Ford-Robertson under the authorization of the Joint FAO/IUFRO Committee on Forest Bibliography and Terminology. There has been substantial changes in the forestry profession. These changes have modified the use of existing terms, introduced new terms, and created the need for an up-to-date dictionary that permits consistent use of professional language.

A more complete review of terms used in the State Forest annual work plans and Sustainable Forest Management Plans can be found online through use of the Dictionary of Forestry.​

Have a complaint?

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service has a State Forest Grievance Policy. If you would like to file a grievance or complaint regarding the management of a State Forest, please contact the State Forest office with which you wish to file the grievance or complaint or email your message here.​