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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.