Elk Neck State Forest

Plum Creek Natural Area within Elk Neck State Forest, photo by Jason HarrisonPlum Creek Natural Area

Nestled in the heart of the Elk Neck Peninsula, these nearly 500 acres are accessed via the old logging roads. Mixed within the tall pitch pines are an assortment of native oaks, complemented with an understory of huckleberries and blueberries. In early spring, wildflowers provide splashes of color, while skinks and other reptiles roam through the forest.

On the Maryland Coastal Plain, pitch pine has a limited distribution and is primarily restricted to dry and sandy, acidic habitats subject to periodic fires. In contrast to the dry community, the Plum Creek watershed also contains seepage wetlands and vernal pools: breeding havens for dragonflies and amphibians alike.

Plum Creek Natural Area