Grove Farm WMA

Eastern Wild Turkeys, Photo by Lori BrambleThe former Wright property, located just west of Cecilton, Maryland, was acquired by the Department of Natural Resources in March 2008. The 744-acre tract is dedicated to wildlife conservation.

What To See

Grove Farm WMA provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, upland and forest wildlife species primarily white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl and songbirds.

What To Do

The area is open to hunting for all game species during the regulated hunting season established by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. Hunters are required to have a permit and a daily reservation to access the area. Outside of the hunting season this area is open to hiking, bird watching, and nature photography.

Area Regulations

  • Hunting access to Grove Farm WMA is from September 1 through February 28 for the hunting season for seasonal permit holders with daily reservations (except on Sundays). This restriction is also in place during the spring turkey season.
  • Click here to apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • Parking is available on designated parking lots.
  • Non-toxic shot is mandatory for waterfowl and dove hunting.

Non-Hunting Users

  • Outside of the hunting season Grove Farm WMA is open to hiking, nature photography, and bird watching.

Site Management Practices

Grove Farm WMA consists of 744 acres. A farming lease encompasses 228-acres of agricultural crops. Combined there is roughly 392 acres of early successional and deciduous hard wood forest land. Tidal swamps and tidal fresh water marshes encompass about 52 acres as well as 10 acres encompassing the developed areas. Land management practices follow the prescribed Wildlife Management Area Vision Plan. Grove Farm WMA is unique in that it is home to the federally threatened and state endangered Puritan Tiger Beetle. The 24 acres of sandy beach/cliff out crop is home to many cliff-obligate species.


Grove Farm WMA is located on Grove Neck Rd (Rt. 282) west of Cecilton, Maryland. Public access to this area is on Grove Neck Rd and Hazelmoore Rd. For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.

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This area is a part of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the State’s wildlife resources.

Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.

Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.​