DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
Mostly level trails and dirt roads, but expect some ruts and small stream crossings. The loop hike will be entirely on dirt trails and dirt roads. We’ll hike some new trail in the eastern part of this 10 mile wide pine State Forest. Bring water and lunch.
WHERE: Elk Neck State Forest – Park Office
EXACT COORDINATES: 39.577705, -75.916772
NEAREST ADDRESS: 17 Irishtown Rd North East , MD
Elk Neck State Forest – Park Office 17 Irishtown Rd North East , MD
From US-40 at the DE/MD state line. Proceed west on US-40 for 4.2 mi. Turn left onto Old Elk Neck Rd and proceed 4.0 mi. Turn right onto Irishtown Rd and proceed 2.3 mi. Turn right into the park entrance (very difficult to see from this direction) and proceed 240 ft on the dirt road. Parking lot is on the far left.
This is one of the tracts of the State FOREST, not the State PARK! Elk Neck State Forest and Elk Neck State Park are very often confused. The State Forest’s area is much larger, with the main tract running all the way between Elkton and North East, MD. It has a climbable wooden lookout tower. The State Park is past the Forest and further from Delaware. At its farthest section, it has a white lighthouse on a 120 foot bluff, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.