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Bacon Ridge Natural Area (BRNA)
in the South River Greenway

Bacon Ridge Natural Area


BRNA Special Event or Use Request Form (5 pages)

South River Greenway Sheet 
South River Greenway Presentation  (81 pages)
Map of the Bacon Ridge Natural Area (as of January 2011)
Stewardship Committee
Frequently Asked Questions
Conservation Easement Summary
Bacon Ridge Natural Area Management Plan Workshop

Purpose: to provide guidance for management decisions that sustain natural resource functions and direct recreation use.

The National Park Service is providing technical assistance to the County to develop a management plan for the Bacon Ridge Natural Area. Additional information and updates will be posted on this web site.

Updates, information, future meeting dates will be announced on the Management Plan page as they are confirmed.

What is the Bacon Ridge Natural Area?
The Bacon Ridge Natural Area (BRNA) is a park in Crownsville, MD owned by Anne Arundel County.  Since 2009, the County Department of Recreation and Parks has purchased hundreds of acres of forest surrounding this parcel. The most recent County acquisition is the 547-acre forest, which was previously part of the Crownsville State Hospital bringing the total size of the natural area to nearly 1,000 acres.

The BRNA will become a passive recreation park for hiking, nature study, and other non-intensive uses.  The central 630 acres are permanently protected from development through a conservation easement between the County, Maryland Environmental Trust, and Scenic Rivers Land Trust. The conservation easement restricts the activities to passive recreational uses. Paved trails, active recreation, high-impact use, athletic fields or golf courses  are prohibited in the conservation easement property. Off-road motorized vehicles and motorbikes will not be allowed in the park in order to preserve the integrity of the forest and soil/water quality.  Activities outside of the conservation easement property will complement activities permitted by the conservation easement.

Special Events
The access to the trail system is through special events throughout the year. Special events are scheduled by the County or organized by other organizations.
To learn about special events in the BRNA click here

 Results from the BioBlitz  (June 27-28, 2009)


Bacon Ridge Natural Area Stewardship Committee

Committee Formed to Oversee Bacon Ridge Natural Area (January 21, 2010) 

 Click here for more information on the Stewardship Committee
Land Preservation Initiatives
Preservation of 180 Acres in South River Greenway (December 28, 2009)

Approval of Landmark Conservation Easement Protecting the Bacon Ridge Natural Area (October 13, 2009)

Successful Effort to Access Historic Crownsville Cemetery (October 7, 2009)
Recognition from Smart Growth Alliance for Greenways
The South River Greenway land preservation initiative was selected by the Washington Smart Growth Alliance for their prestigious Conservation Priorities List. Five projects within the Washington region were chosen as initiatives that promote the overall sustainability of the region and encourage smart conservation programs that enhance land stewardship, air and water quality, and quality of life.
 Read the press release.
Read the Conservation Priorities List report: A Call to Action
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Bacon Ridge Natural Area and the South River Greenway?

What is the Bacon Ridge Natural Area Stewardship Committee?

Where are the trails? Where will people park?
How can I access the site?

Why is the South River Greenway important?

What historical and cultural resources are found in the Bacon Ridge Natural Area?
Why is it vulnerable?
Can the South River Greenway be preserved?
Who are the Partners in this project?
Contact Us

To receive updates or to become involved, contact:Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation & Parks (410) 222-7317



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