The park is located in northern Harford County about 40 miles north of Baltimore and 10 miles northeast of Bel Air on Old Forge Hill Road.
Palmer State ParkOld Forge Hill RoadDublin, MD 21154
From Baltimore, take I-95 north to Route 24 north exit. Continue north on Route 24 through Bel Air. Route 24 becomes US-1. From US-1 turn right onto Forge Hill Road. The Park is located approximately 5 miles northeast of Gibson.
9 a.m. to Sunset, April-October
10 a.m. to Sunset, November-March
Pets are allowed in Palmer State Park.
Nestled in the agricultural landscape of central Harford County is a 555-acre unbroken tract of forest known as Palmer State Park. In 1965, Gerald and Ruth Palmer donated 463 acres to the State of Maryland with the desire to see a public park created. During later years, an additional 92 acres were acquired from various landholders.
Under a canopy of second-growth and riparian forests, two miles of scenic Deer Creek runs through Palmer State Park. Historic sites can be found along the creek banks and native flora and fauna thrive in the forested habitat. Though the park is less than 20 minutes from the Town of Bel Air, nature enthusiasts and historians alike will appreciate the recreational opportunities at Palmer State Park.
At this time, access to Palmer State Park is limited. Planning is still in the early stages and there are no maintained hiking trails, parking areas are limited to roadside pull-offs, and maps and interpretive markers are still being developed. Plans are underway to add safe and environmentally friendly recreational activities at Palmer State Park. For future development plans, please see below.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at the Rocks, Susquehanna, and Palmer State Park Complex Office, by calling 410-557-7994 or by visiting our office located in Rocks State Park at 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road in Jarrettsville, MD.
Future development plans for Palmer State Park may include:
A new map of the trails at Palmer State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.
FishingNon-Tidal (freshwater) Fishing License required
Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
Nature Photography / Observation and StudyA trail plan is currently being developedA parking lot is proposed for trail access
Types of Nature Opportunities
Please remember that all Maryland State Parks are Trash-Free Parks. We ask that our visitors take all trash with them when they leave.
Please follow the "Leave No Trace" Guidelines.
DNR is in the process of implementing the Palmer State Park Land Unit Plan developed in 2011 and the Maryland Park Service is looking forward to adding environmentally friendly recreational activities. Until that time, limited amenities are provided. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the Rocks, Susquehanna, and Palmer State Park Complex Office, by calling 410-557-7994 or by visiting our office located in Rocks State Park at 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road in Jarrettsville, Maryland.
Sustainable Multi-Use Trails
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in most State Park areas, including all areas of Palmer State Park.
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