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DNR Closes Primitive Camping In Elk Neck State Forest
Campers are encouraged to explore the facilities at Elk Neck State Park
NORTH EAST — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that it has closed the five primitive campsites in Elk Neck State Forest in Cecil County. The rifle, pistol and archery ranges will remain open for public use, as well as the trails in the forest. Hunting in the State Forest will not be affected by the campsite closure and the area will be open for the various hunting seasons.
“We are constantly re-evaluating our service priorities and will continue to give special attention to those areas of the park that have the greatest need,” said Col. Rick Barton, Superintendent of the Maryland Park Service. “All campers will be directed to the 278-unit camping area at Elk Neck State Park, offering year-round family camping.”
Any questions about the camping closure in the forest should be directed to Wayne Merkel, DNR Forest Service, 410-836-4571.
The Maryland Park Service manages more than 2,500 campsites and 131 cabins on more than 133,000 acres of land. Maryland’s 49 State Parks are a vital component of Maryland’s economy and quality of life, offering some of the best outdoor recreational opportunities in the state.
For more information about camping in Maryland State Parks, or to purchase annual park passes and trail guides online, visit us at www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/campinginfo.html.
March 18, 2005
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 446,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov