Stoney Demonstration Forest

photo of tall trees in Mesic deciduous forest Contact: (410) 836-4551

​Harford County


2 S. Bond Street, Suite 101
Bel Air, MD 21014

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

GPS: 39.509048, -76.244029

Stoney Demonstration Forest consists of 1,223 acres of hardwood forest located on two tracts in the Creswell area of Harford County, Maryland. THe James Run Tract is located on the north side of Nova Scotia Road between Tower Road and the Cullum Road. It was acquired by the State of Maryland on November 25, 1981. The property is the remnant of the once-extensive timberlands (2,000 acres) owned by Mr. Sydney Peverly.

The Grays Run Tract was acquired by the state in December 2020. Hiking is permitted on the tract, and there is currently a small, unimproved area to park in front of Gate 1, and visitors should use caution reentering the highway. Work to add parking areas and improve trail conditions is planned for the near future. Hunting is permitted—contact the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service for details and permit information at 410-356-9272.​

Today the forest serves as an educational resource where a variety of silvicultural practices, forest best management practices and wildlife habitat management practices are implemented. Stoney Demonstration Forest is Trash Free. Read more about Leave No Trace. No motorized vehicles are allowed, and horseback riding is prohibited.​