Elk Neck State Forest

Elk Neck State Forest Entrance SignContact: 410-287-5675

Cecil County

Elk Neck State Forest
717 Irishtown Road
North East, MD 21901

Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Mailing Address:

Black Hill Ranger Station
130 McKinneytown Road
North East, MD 21901


ALERT: From October 18, 2021 through October 29, 2021, Maryland Forest Service staff will be completing an ecosystem restoration project in the shaded area of the attached map located on the Main Tract of Elk Neck State Forest. Visitors may encounter machinery, increased noise levels and numerous ground based personnel during this time. The work will be completed Monday through Friday each week between the hours of 08:00 AM and 3:30 PM. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the 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.