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Trail Closed at Elk Neck State Forest

The Pete Bond Hiking Trail and Scenic Overlook at Elk Neck State Forest have been closed indefinitely due to a fire at the shooting range complex.

The fire, which occurred this past weekend, destroyed a safety baffle (wall) at the rifle range. As a result,  staff have closed the trail and scenic overlook to ensure the safety of the public. The shooting range is open. For more information contact the forest at 410-287-5675.

  • Bob Brooks

    hanks for the info. Is the trail to Turkey Point Lighthouse affecrted?

    • kking

      Hi Bob,
      The Lighthouse is actually at Elk Neck State Park, 10 miles south of the range, so it is not affected. The State Forest has a lighthouse trail and it is also not affected.

      Shawn Day, Forest Ranger
      Elk Neck State Forest

  • Pat Haggerty

    is there overnight camping allowed at elk neck state forest? I used to camp there quite often but I visited on Oct. 5th and it looked like camping was not permitted.Is that due to govt. shutdown or other reason? thanks pat

    • kking

      Hi Pat,
      Unfortunately overnight camping was shut down at the forest in 2005 due to declining reservations, combined with limited funding for staffing/patrolling the area. However, within a few miles you will find camping opportunities at Elk Neck State Park and Fair Hill NRMA. Thanks for your inquiry.

      Karis King
      Office of Communications