Prince George's County
GPS 38.90505°N 76.76304°W

Belt Woods Natural Environment Area
c/o Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21409

Hunting Policy
Archery / Muzzleloader / Shotgun hunting for deer only permitted in 615 acre designated hunting area with free WHS permit (reservation required)


Belt Woods Natural Environment Area

Belt Woods NEA

Belt Woods Natural Environment Area (NEA) is a 625-acre natural area managed by the Maryland Park Service in Prince George’s County. This significant forested area contains a designated National Natural Landmark of one of the last stands of old-growth hardwoods on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The old growth oaks and tulip poplar trees include 200-year old trees over 140 feet tall. Prominent understory trees include flowering dogwood, spicebush, sweet haw and ironwood.

Nearly all of the acreage in Belt Woods is designated as a Maryland State Wildland, providing additional protections to support the preservation of its wilderness nature within an urbanizing landscape. The Area's fields and forests provide important nesting habitat for an exceptional population of neotropical songbirds, such as wood thrush, red-eyed vireo and Kentucky warbler. 

Public Access
Currently, there are no trails and there is very limited parking for hunting access only in season. The Maryland Park Service is developing a plan to provide safe public access for passive recreational use in the future.

After a comprehensive analysis and review of existing activities and practices on the property, park managers, in consultation with wildlife biologists, decided to retain a limited, managed deer hunt program as a vital tool in ongoing efforts to manage the local population of white-tailed deer and protect the sensitive ecological features of the property.

Public managed hunting, for deer only, will begin October 20, 2016, with the early deer muzzleloader season and continue throughout the 2016-17 deer hunting seasons. Access, limited to eight hunters daily, will require a free seasonal permit and daily reservations made through the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area at (301) 743-5161. Bag limits, license requirements and schedules apply.


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us
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