Driving Directions to Chesapeake Forest Public Use/Hunting Areas
Parking in Designated Areas Only!

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All boundaries are marked with yellow paint and are posted with white signs indicating Chesapeake Forest boundary. When parking, do not block gates; park only along forest boundary and not on Private Property.


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Handicapped Hunting Areas

W02 – Aughty Naughty Complex (Wicomico County, 1243 acres)
Handicapped Hunting Area from Vehicle

Description: There are approximately 3.2 miles of roads in this area. These are forest roads, so a 4WD/AWD or high clearance vehicle is recommended. There are turkey and whitetail deer in this area. There are a number of pull off areas along the roads. This area consists of loblolly pine and some hardwoods. For rules on hunting from vehicles refer to the current hunting guide. Contact the Chesapeake Forest Office for access at 410-632-3732.
Directions: From Mardela Springs: north on MD Route 313, access off of Cross Road through gates with a handicapped sign affixed.

Caroline County

C01 – Merrikan-Gordy Complex (426 acres)


  • From Denton: south/east on MD Route 16/313/404 (Shore Highway), stay on MD Route 404, turn right onto Breeding Road, turn right onto Line Road, parking in designated area.
  • From Federalsburg: north on MD Route 313, turn right on Line Road, parking in designated area.


C02 – Seipp Complex (31 acres)
Note: The public hunting area is on the east side of Smithville Road adjacent to Idylwild WMA.


  • From Federalsburg: north on MD Route 313, turn right onto Bob Jester Road, turn right onto Bloomery Road, turn left onto Smithville Road.
  • From Denton, MD: south on MD Route 16/313/404 (Shore Highway), turn right onto south MD Route 313, turn left onto Opossum Hill Road, turn right onto Smithville Road.
     

C03 – Messenger Branch Complex (340 acres)

  • From Denton, MD: south/east on MD Route 16/313/404 (Shore Highway), turn right onto south MD Route 313, turn left on Route 315, continue with the following directions from Federalsburg.
  • From Federalsburg: east on E Central Avenue to Houston Branch Road (MD Route 306). The public hunting area is located on the west side of Houston Branch Road adjacent to Idylwild WMA.

Dorchester County

D06 – Insley Complex (445 acres)

Shoreline Waterfowl Area as Noted on Map


  • From Cambridge: take MD Route 16 west toward Church Creek, turn left onto MD Route 335 (Church Creek-Golden Hill Road), turn Left onto MD Route 366 (Crapo Road), Turn left onto Beech Ground Road. Drive all the way to the end of Beech Ground Road, which is the legal right of way, and park in the designated parking area. Please do not block any gates.


D12 - Marshy Hope Complex (3,355 acres)
Shoreline Waterfowl Area as Noted on Map
Note: The shoreline area of Chesapeake Forest Lands along Puckum Branch is closed to waterfowl hunting.
 

  • From Federalsburg: MD Route 313 South: Turn right onto Harrison Ferry Road. Two parking areas are on the left-hand side of Harrison Ferry Road. Alternately, turn right onto Wesley Church Road off of MD Route 313 South and park on the right side of Wesley Road.
  • From Vienna: MD Route 331 North: Turn right onto MD Route 14 East toward El Dorado. Turn left onto Wesley Church Road. Parking is on the right-hand side of Wesley Church Road. Alternately, turn left onto Harrison Ferry Road and park in either of the two areas on the left-hand side of Harrison Ferry Road.
  • From Cambridge: US Route 50 East: Turn left onto MD Route 16 (Mount Holly Road) to East New Market and Hurlock. In East New Market, take East New Market-Hurlock Road (MD Route 307) to Hurlock. Turn right onto Harrison Ferry Road. Cross over Marshy Hope Creek. Two parking areas are on the right-hand side of Harrison Ferry Road.
  • From El Dorado: turn onto Puckum Road, travel north about 2 miles and park in designated areas on west side of Puckum Road.


D25 – Hoernicke Oliphant Complex (368 acres)

  • From Vienna: take Elliott Island road south go past Steele Neck Road, tract will be on the right.  Park in the designated area located on Elliott Island road between the two gates.


D26 – Lewis Complex (1,575 acres)

Shoreline Waterfowl Area as Noted on Map


  • From Vienna: take Elliott Island Road south to Henrys Cross Road and turn right, go about 1.5 miles and park on the south side of the road. Or continue on Henrys Cross Road, then turn left onto Griffith Neck Road and go about ¼ mile.  Park on the left by the gate in the designated parking area.


D28 - Baumgarthner-Southham Complex (210 acres)

  • From Vienna: take Elliott Island Road south past Henrys Cross Road, continue about 4 miles. This tract is surrounded by Fishing Bay WMA; access should be through the Wildlife Management Area.

Somerset County

S11 – Peters McAllen Complex (683 acres)
 

  • From Princess Anne: take MD Route 675 north (Somerset Avenue), turn right onto Loretto Road (MD Route 529), park in designated area.
  • Alternately, from Princess Anne: take MD Route 675 to Hickory Road (MD Route 822) towards the University of MD Eastern Shore.  Turn right on College Backbone Road and park in the designated parking area across from Wildwood Drive.


S21 – E. Mace Smith Complex (1,709 acres)

  • From Princess Anne: take Deal Island Road (MD Route 363) towards Deal Island, park in designated areas on Deal Island Road or Black Road.


S27 – Wells Complex (1,915 acres)
 

  • From Princess Anne: from US Route 13, turn left onto Arden Station road then turn right onto Mitchell Road.  Park in the designated area by the gate.
  • Alternately, continue south on US Route 13 past Arden Station Road and turn left at the second intersection of Walter Johnson Road.  Park at the end of the paved area next to US Route 13.
  • Note: There is no public access along the railroad. This property is privately owned.


S55 – Marumsco Complex (1,087 acres)
 

  • From Pocomoke City: take MD Route 16 north, turn left onto MD Route 667, turn left onto Rehobeth Road, turn left onto Old Rehobeth Road, turn right onto Shelltown Road, bear left at Y, park in designated area on Shelltown Road, or continue on Shelltown Road and turn right onto Back Shelltown Road and park in the designated area.


Talbot County

T01 – Seth Demonstration Forest (122 acres)

Bow Hunting Only


  • From Easton: on US Route 50, turn east onto Dutchman’s Lane. Then turn left on Dover Neck Road and park in the designated parking area on the left.


Wicomico County

W02 – Aughty Naughty Complex (1,243 acres)
Handicapped Hunting Area from Vehicle
For rules on hunting from vehicles refer to the current hunting guide. Contact the Chesapeake Forest Office for access at 410-632-3732.

  • From Mardela Springs: go north on MD Route 313. Parking is in designated areas off of Cross Road, MD Route 313 (Sharptown Mardela Springs Road), and Snethen Church Road.


W06 – Lathrop Complex (~3,800 feet of shoreline)
Shoreline Waterfowl Hunting ONLY

Note: The shoreline area of Chesapeake Forest along and west of Stump Gut as shown on the linked map is closed to waterfowl hunting.


  • From Cambridge: take US Route 50 east, cross over the Nanticoke River Bridge into Wicomico County, go about ¾ of a mile, and turn left onto Old Bradley Road. Travel north about 1.5 miles and park in the designated parking area on the left.
  • This area has about five miles of hiking trails. NO HUNTING ALLOWED in the woodland portion of this area.


W10 – Athol Complex (682 acres)

  • From Mardela Springs: east on US Route 50, then turn right onto Athol Road, parking in the designed area on Athol Road.


W22 – Greenhill (N) Complex (626 acres)

  • From Salisbury: take Nanticoke Road (MD Route 349) towards Nanticoke, turn left onto Brot-Matt Road, parking in the designated area.


W23 – Greenhill (S) Complex (2,566 acres)
Shoreline Waterfowl Area as Noted on Map


  • From Salisbury: take Nanticoke Road (MD Route 349) towards Nanticoke, turn left onto Whitehaven Road (MD Route 352), then left onto Head of Creek Road.
  • Parking is in designated areas on Nanticoke Road (MD Route 349), Whitehaven Road (MD Route 352), and Head of Creek Road.


W30 – Fair Meadow Complex (362 acres)
Shoreline Waterfowl Area as Noted on Map


  • From Salisbury: take Nanticoke Road (MD Route 349) toward Nanticoke.  Turn left onto Mad Calf Lane, turn right onto Hickman Lane, then turn left onto Nutters road, parking in the designated area.


W46 – Campbell Complex (Wicomico Demonstration Forest) (3,399 acres)

  • From Salisbury: US Route 50 east, turn right onto Sixty Foot Road, turn left onto Powell Road, parking is on the right in designated areas,
  • Alternately, stay on Sixty Foot Road and park along the road in designated areas
  • Parking is also available at the Wicomico Demonstration Forest Office on the east side of Sixty Foot Road.


Worcester County

WR01 – Timmons-Donnaway Complex (477 acres)

  • From Salisbury: take US Route 50 east, turn left onto Whaleyville Road (MD Route 610), turn left onto Sheppards Crossing Road, turn right on Nelson Road, and park in the designated area on Nelson Road.


WR10 – Cordery Complex (625 acres)

  • From Salisbury: US Route 50 east towards Ocean City, turn onto MD Route 354 south, right onto Laws Road in Worcester County (not Wicomico County). Bear right onto Mt Olive Church Road, then turn right onto Beach Island Road. Parking is on the right-hand side of Beach Island Road.
  • From Salisbury: MD Route 12 south (Snow Hill Road), turn left onto Mt Olive Church Road. Bear left/stay on Mt Olive Church Road at the intersection at the Mt Olive Church/Cemetery. Turn right onto Beach Island Road. Parking is on the right-hand side of Beach Island Road.
  • From Snow Hill: MD Route 12 north (Snow Hill Road), turn right onto Mt Olive Church Road. Bear left/stay on Mt Olive Church Road at the intersection at the Mt Olive Church/Cemetery. Turn right onto Beach Island Road. Parking is on the right-hand side of Beach Island Road.


WR21 – Bethards Complex (33 acres)

  • From Salisbury: US Route 13 (Salisbury Bypass) south to MD Route 12 south, turn right onto Old Furnace Road, turn right onto Greenbrier Swamp Road, parking is on the right in a designated parking area.
  • From Pocomoke City: north on US Route 13, turn right onto Dividing Creek Road/MD Route 364, turn left onto Whitesburg Road, turn right onto Old Furnace Road, turn left onto Greenbrier Swamp Road, parking on right in designated area.


WR22 – Whitesburg Complex (300 acres)

  • From Salisbury: south on US Route 13 (Salisbury Bypass), turn left onto St. Lukes Road, bear right onto Stevens Road, continue traveling south and crossover Old Furnace Road to Whitesburg road, travel about 2 miles.  Parking is in designated areas on Whitesburg Road and Old Beech Road.
  • From Snow Hill: north on MD Route 12, left onto Old Furnace Road, turn left onto Whitesburg Road, travel about 2 miles. Parking is in designated areas on Whitesburg Road and Old Beech Road.


WR24 – Johnson & Johnson Complex (871 acres)

  • From Salisbury: south on US Route 13 (Salisbury Bypass), turn left onto St. Lukes Road, bear right onto Stevens Road, continue traveling south and crossover Old Furnace Road to Whitesburg Road, travel south and turn left onto Sand Road.  At Corner House Road continue straight, parking on the right by the gates in the designated parking area, or turn right onto Corner House Road and park in the designated areas on Corner House Road.
  • From Snow Hill: north on MD Route 12, turn left onto Old Furnace Road, turn left onto Millville Road, then turn right onto Sand Road.  Parking is on the left by the gates in the designated parking area, or turn left onto Corner House Road and park in the designated areas on Corner House Road.


WR25 – Creek Complex (868 acres)

  • From Salisbury: south on US Route 13 (Salisbury Bypass) turn left onto St. Lukes Road, bear right onto Stevens Road, continue traveling south and crossover Old Furnace Road to Whitesburg Road, travel south past Sand Road and go about 1.5 miles to a designated parking area on the left.  Additional parking is available on Fleming Mill Road in the designated area.
  • From Snow Hill: north on MD Route 12, left onto Old Furnace Road, turn left onto Whitesburg Road, travel south past Sand Road go about 1.5 miles parking on left in designated area. Additional parking is available on Fleming Mill Road in the designated area.
  • This complex is also accessible on the west side of Whitesburg Road through Pocomoke State Forest.


WR34 – Selby Complex (471 acres)

  • From Snow Hill: MD Route 12 south to Stockton, then turn right onto Stockton Road (MD Route 366).  Park in the designated areas on Stockton Road or Bird Hill Road.


WR40 – Dunn Swamp Complex (1,145 acres)

  • From Pocomoke City: take US Route 13 south, turn right onto Pocomoke Beltway, then turn left on Dunn Swamp Road. Park in the designated areas on Dunn Swamp Road.


WR45 – Foster Estate Complex (4,814 acres)

Shoreline Waterfowl Area as Noted on Map

  • From Salisbury, south on MD Route 12, past St. Lukes Road and Slim Chance Lane, then right on Governor Smith Lane. Parking is in the designated area approximately 1 mile from MD Route 12.
  • From Snow Hill, north on MD Route 12, past Millville Road, then left on Governor Smith Lane. Parking is in the designated area approximately 1 mile from MD Route 12.
  • Additional parking is available on the north/west side of Millville Road about ½ mile from MD Route 12.
  • For access to the Pusey Branch waterfowl area park in the designated area on Greenbrier Swamp Road.
  • Access from the south through Pocomoke State Forest on Old Furnace Road is allowed except where noted on the map.