Salem State Forest

Stand of trees in Salem State ForestSt. Mary's County

Phone: 301-880-2745

Maryland DNR Forest Service
Box 1509
Carter Building
Leonardtown, MD 20650

The Salem property was acquired by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 2003. The parcel is located off of Indian Bridge Road, one half mile south of St. Andrews Church Road in St. Mary’s County, directly North of St. Mary’s Lake. This property adjoins St. Mary’s River State Park. The land was previously owned by the Glatfelter Pulpwood Company and primarily managed for Loblolly pine production. The Maryland Forest Service will be the agency coordinating the management of the property with other disciplines in the Department of Natural Resources. This property is 902 acres and is entirely wooded with opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. The Salem State Forest was expanded in 2015 when the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquired the Walton Lumber Property. The Walton Lumber purchase included two separate tracts. Tract 1 (715 acres) is attached to the original Salem State Forest and tract 2 (137 acres) is located on the north and south sides of Wilderness Run Road, making the entire property 1754 acres. This property is a trash free state forest. (Leave No Trace​).