Welcome to the Enchanted Forest

Photo: Urban Trophy

"The carefree sensations that once permeated the park are lost, only to be replaced by a grim sense of nostalgia and unease." [Atlas Obscura]


  1. I loved the Enchanted Forest when I was a little kid. I have so many great memories of those kitschy fairy tale scenes. Also, there was an anthropomorphic steamboat that you could ride across the lake.

  2. One of my earliest memories is of going to this park. It must have been right before it closed, and I can’t have been any older than 3 or 4. Apparently a lot of the attractions have been moved to a nearby farm.

    1. Is this where you’ll be taking your beloved for a Valentine’s Day picnic?

      This is where he’ll be camping after he gives her a gift from here.

  3. I’ll never understand why all these smaller parks and kitchy roadside attractions died suddenly.

    Here in Orlando we had tons of strange attractions that would feed off of Disney.  They all vanished in a decade.  Many of them still sit there abandoned.  Sad. 

  4. Sorry for all the East Coasters, but I breathed a sigh of relief after clicking through and discovering that this wasn’t the (Oregon) Enchanted Forest (alive and kickin’) that still lives in my childhood memories.


  5. Grew up taking trips there as a kid.  Wound up working down the street from this location for about 2 1/2 years recently.  It’s sad they left some of the stuff in place.  Almost wished they would have either moved it all or removed it. 

  6. Looks like a scene out of Fallout 3, which just doubles the unease factor for me.
    (Also my first reaction was to check in the fish’s mouth for loot. You can never have enough buckshot in a post-nuclear holocaust swamp.)

  7. I remember going there as a kid, and also to Frontier Town near Ocean City. Loved those places, long ago.

  8. For everyone who (like me) grew up visiting this place, you should know that the folks over at Clark’s Elioaks Farm — just down Route 108, a short drive away — have relocated and preserved a great many of the attractions from the original Enchanted Forest. It was a remarkable local history preservation effort, and I’m proud to say my own kids have had a chance to enjoy a lot of the same features I did — including the Little Old Lady’s Shoe sliding board, the Pumpkin Coach, the Crooked House, and the house of the Three Bears (complete with the bust of a human hunter, mounted over the mantelpiece).

    They documented quite a bit of the process, with tons of photos, over here: http://www.clarklandfarm.com/CEF%20EF%20Moving%20to%20the%20Farm.htm

  9. I live 10 minutes from this place. It is indeed a very creepy area along Rt. 40. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some ravaged humanoid bodies amongst the ruins.

  10. My grandmother took my brother and I there in either 1957 or 1958 still remember it even tho’ I was only around 4 years old. I also remember driving by it in the late 70’s on my way to Baltimore from DC but never stopped.

  11. I used to go here as a child (in the 80s). I remember it being absolutely magical. There was a rainbow slide, a whale whose mouth you could climb into, and houses that you could look into with life-size dioramas showing scenes from fairy tales. I’m so sad that it’s gone. 

  12. Mr. Duck beat me to it.  A lot of the magic is still alive at Elioak Farm.   http://www.clarklandfarm.com/CEF%20EF%20Moving%20to%20the%20Farm.htm

    My son had a memorable birthday at the farm and the Enchanted Forest pieces were a big piece of it!

  13. drove by that place a 1000 times as a kid and planed elaborate night time raids in my head.  Never made it over the fence…..Here is another random Baltimore centric site that has the history of all the cool old amusement parks that were around ‘back in the day’  
    http://www.kilduffs.com/Parks.html (and dig the mid 90s web design!)

  14. as a maryland native i’m surprised no one from here also pointed out that this american historical spot was also in the Baltimore son of kitch, John Waters, johnny depp film “Cry Baby” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDYSsntMVsQ

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