Cecil County​
Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Rd
North East, MD 21901​



Driving Directions:

Directions from Baltimore and points South:
Take I-95 North to Exit 100.
Take Exit 100 onto Rt. 272 South towards the town of North East.
Follow Rt. 272 South for 14 miles into Elk Neck State Park.

Directions from Delaware and points North:
Take I-95 South to Exit 100.
Take Exit 100 onto Rt. 272 South towards the town of North East.
Follow Rt. 272 South for approximately 14 miles into Elk Neck State Park.

Hours of Operation:

​9 a.m. to Sunset

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.

Pet Policy:

​Pets are allowed in the following designated areas of Elk Neck State Park:

  • Pets allowed in campground (except Bohemia, Chester, Tred Avon, and Sassafras loops, rustic cabins and the youth group camping area)
  • Pets allowed in all day-use areas, including North East Beach area (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area from Memorial Day weekend until after Labor Day)

Hunting Policy:

  • Archery / Muzzleloader / Shotgun hunting for deer permitted on 415 acres of designated hunting areas with daily sign-in required - Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Waterfowl blind sites available by lottery (free WHS permit / reservation required) - Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Elk Neck State Park

Turkey Point Lighthouse at Elk NeckElk Neck State Park is located in Cecil County on a peninsula, formed by the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Elk River on the east. The park boasts over 2,188 acres of varied landscapes including marshlands, heavily wooded areas, white clay cliffs, and beaches. Elk Neck opened to the public in the early 1940s with the purpose of providing recreation in the form of camping, swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking, all of which are still popular today.

2016 Camping Update

Posted 4/4/2016 - Camping is available as of April 1st for the North East, Wye, Susquehanna, Elk and Choptank camping loops. Beginning May 1st the Miles Loop, Camper Cabins, Bohemia and Chester Loops will be available for camping - reservations are available immediately for those dates (these loops will close after Labor Day for scheduled renovations). Additional updates will be posted as they become available. We encourage you to make reservations through Reserve America at http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us.

2016 Events and Park Programs


Elk Neck offers white-tailed deer hunting in bow, shotgun and muzzleloader seasons. The park features five hunting areas: the Carter Property (all weapons), North East Beach (disabled hunting only using muzzleloader and shotgun), Rogues Harbor (bow only), Turkey Point( bow only), and the newly added Campground Area (bow only). All hunters must register at Elk Neck State Park's Office located at 4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD 21901. At time of registration hunters must present a valid Maryland Hunting license and a Managed Hunt Permit, and a valid form of photo ID. Please contact the office at 410-287-5333 for additional information. Hunters are permitted to enter 1 1/2 hours before sunrise and exit 1 1/2 hours after sunset, provided they are engaged in legitimate, authorized hunting activity.

Park Areas

Elk Neck State Park is divided into four areas:

  • Turkey Point Lighthouse is located at the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula. Sweeping views of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding land masses frame a beautiful backdrop for the Lighthouse, in addition hawks and eagles can be viewed at the Raptor Viewing Field. Parking is very limited. The Turkey Point Lighthouse parking lot frequently fills to capacity on weekends. The best times to visit are before 10 a.m. or after 6:30 p.m. on weekends or any time during the week. You may be turned away during peak visitation hours on weekends.
  • North East Beach Area and Picnic Shelters is a popular day-use area located in the western portion of the park and features a swimming beach, canoe/kayak launch, tire playground, picnic shelters, picnic tables, and grills.
  • Rogues Harbor Boat Launch Facility offers public boating access to the Elk River, and fishing piers.
  • The Elk River Camping Area is located on the eastern portion of the peninsula and offers over 250 campsites, 15 cabins (7 mini/camper cabins and 8 rustic cabins), a youth group camping area, park store and snack bar, playground, and a nature center.

Park Headquarters

Elk Neck State Park’s Headquarters is located at 4395 Turkey Point Road (MD 272), approximately 8 miles south of the Town of North East. The office is open Monday through Friday (closed weekends and State holidays). Call 410-287-5333 if you have any questions. 

Maryland Green Travel Partner

MGT.JPGMany Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry. These practices include energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation methods.

Click on this link to view the green profile and the list of sustainable practices for Elk Neck State Park.


Please be advised that stink bugs are present and very numerous in the park at this time. This insect is harmless to humans. In the fall and spring, stink bugs find their way into warm areas, such as cabins, buildings, RVs, and vehicles. Despite staff efforts to minimize the stink bugs presence inside cabins and restroom facilities, the insect will still be found there during your visit. Please be advised that the state park is a natural environment and refunds will not be issued for the presence of insects in the park or park facilities. If you have any questions regarding stink bugs, please call the park office at 410-287-5333.

Junior Ranger Programs

Junior Rangers is a fun way for youth to connect to the natural world around them. Each session of the program will include recreational opportunities and hands-on environmental education activities like hiking, games, crafts, and more! See the 2016 Events and Park Programs above for program dates and times.


Elk Neck hikers Elk Neck State Park boasts designated trails that vary in skill level from easy to difficult. Black and white trail maps are free, and can be downloaded from the link below. Full color, waterproof and tear-proof maps are available for $5 at Park Headquarters and the Camping Contact Station. Come and explore 12 scenic miles of trails. From the easy 1.5 mile round trip to Turkey Point Lighthouse to the challenging 3 mile trip to the White Clay Cliffs overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Hikers of all abilities will find an adventure. A portion of the Ravines Loop is closed due to bridge maintenance.


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us