Our Community Forest: Fairwood Forest

About Fairwood Forest

Fairwood Forest is a biologically diverse 4-acre forest patch in our community. It's home to 23 species of trees, is part of a important hawk flyway, and is a unique place in our urban neighborhood where residents can see a wide variety of wildlife including red foxes, raccoons, opossums, spotted salamanders, and many birds. One bird-watching resident alone has recorded more than 200 species of birds in the forest since 1992!

You can learn more about how you can help preserve and maintain this important community asset here.

How to Access Fairwood Forest

Fairwood Forest is located on Fairwood Avenue near where White Avenue intersects Belair Road. The information station for the forest is located in the forest amphitheater across from 5921 Fairwood Avenue. You can usually find parking along Fairwood Avenue when visiting the forest. Please leave the forest as you found it; anything you bring into the forest please take back out with you.

Fairwood Forest Events

Volunteers with the Hamilton Community Association's Greening Committee are the stewards of Fairwood Forest, caring for the space through regular maintenance and fun, educational events for the community. Check out some of their past events, and follow our calendar for upcoming opportunities.

  • Hawk Celebration: Did you know that each fall thousands of raptors (especially hawks) fly over Fairwood Forest during their migration south? In partnership with Baltimore Green Space, we hosted in October 2021 a free week-long program of online sessions with expert speakers, up-close views of captive birds, and a family-friendly scavenger hunt in the forest. Check out the virtual program recordings here.

  • Nurture Nature volunteer workdays: Seasonal monthly workdays where Fairwood Forest Stewards lead volunteers in vine removal, debris clean up, trail maintenance, plantings, and more. Fourth Sunday of each month from 10am - noon. Check our calendar for upcoming workday details.

  • Fairwood Forest Day: A celebration for Baltimore City's first community-preserved urban forest in May 2019, with tree giveaways, bird watching with experts, hands-on activities, awards ceremony, and even goats!

  • Partner Events: We welcome partners to host their events in the forest, such as Baltimore Green Space's Bird Banding Demonstrations or Baltimore Bird Club's youth birding club walks. Interested in hosting an event? Contact us a hello@bmorehamilton.org.