Cecil CountyElk Neck State Park4395 Turkey Point RdNorth East, MD 21901
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.
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.
Pets are allowed in the following designated areas of Elk Neck State Park:
Elk Neck is your year-round, travel destination to connect with the vast landscapes and waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The park boasts 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands, and heavily wooded bluffs overlooking the North East River, the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. As a result, there are several journeys you can take while in the park.
One journey takes you on a hike out to Turkey Point Lighthouse, a signature landmark of the park. The lighthouse is located at the southern tip of the Elk Neck peninsula. On Saturdays and Sundays (April through November between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), you can climb up to the top of the 35-foot tall lighthouse and learn more about the history of the lighthouse from one of the park’s dedicated volunteers.
Built in 1833, this historic lighthouse sits atop a 100-foot high bluff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The lighthouse pointed the way to safe waters for nearly 175 years. Many incredible tales unfolded right here under the watchful beacon of the Turkey Point Lighthouse: stories of heroism, daunting challenges, and even tragedy. This lighthouse has been part of Chesapeake Bay history for generations, safeguarding people who have lived, worked, and traveled here.
Rules and Important Information
Follow Route 272 South, until it dead-ends in the Turkey Point parking lot. Follow the trail signs out to the lighthouse, which is 0.8 miles from the parking lot.
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.
Many 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.
Another journey’s destination is our sandy beach where you can swim in the Bay and get away from the summer heat. While you are there, have a picnic with your family and friends as you relax in the shade and enjoy the Bay’s spectacular views. You can also take advantage of the canoe and kayak launch area, just north of the swim area.
An unguarded sandy beach offers swimming access on the Chesapeake Bay. The shallow waters are perfect for young children and adults alike.
You will also find over 25 picnic tables and some grills, a playground, restroom with showers, and a seasonal convenience store offering cold drinks, snacks, ice cream, sunscreen, souvenirs, and beach supplies.
Picnic Shelters: Larger groups (up to 125 people) can rent one of two pavilions in this area. They are available by rental only.
The fee for this area is:
Follow Route 272 South, 1/4 mile past Park Headquarters. Turn Right onto North East Beach Road.
The boat launch facility at Rogues Harbor is a popular travel destination because it gives you access to fun voyages on the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. Bass tournaments of up to 150 boats can be accommodated, but arrangements must be made in advance by contacting the park office. Depending on your desires and the season, you can have thrilling experiences catching fish and crabs from the shore or your boat.
Here, at Rogue’s Harbor, you can find many ways to have fun. Watch huge cargo ships, powerboats, kayaks and sailboats cruise by on the Elk River, or you can launch your boat at one of our four launch ramps and go for trips on the Elk River, Chesapeake Bay, and surrounding waters.
There is a public restroom and seasonal convenience store located in the building adjacent to the ramps. The convenience store sells marine grade gasoline, boating supplies, ice, cold drinks, snacks, and Elk Neck State Park souvenirs.
Visitors using the boat launch pay:
All other visitors pay the Day Use Fee:
Follow Route 272 South 1.5 miles past park headquarters. Turn Left onto Rogue’s Harbor Road.
Fishing is permitted throughout the park except at the swimming beach, where fishing poses a safety risk to other visitors. Fishing and crabbing are permitted on the piers at Rogue's Harbor when the convenience store is closed. However, a license may be required. Always check the current regulations before fishing and crabbing.
Please reference the current regulations for seasons, size, catch, and possession limits. Licenses are not sold at the park. Call 800-918-2870 to purchase a license.
Our wooded campground is another great travel destination where you can kick back and relax, or explore the other areas of the park. We have over 250 campsites, 15 available cabins (7 mini/camper cabins, and 8 rustic cabins), a youth group camping area, a camp store and snack bar, playgrounds, and a nature center that has fun weekend activities for families during the summer season.
General Rules and Important information:
North East Camping Loop31 sites with electric (50, 30, and 20 amp), water, and sewer hookupsPets on a leash are permittedOpen year-round
Chester Camping Loop22 sites with electric hook-ups (50, 30, and 20 amp)Pets are PROHIBITEDOpen year round
Wye, Choptank, and Susquehanna Camping Loops140 campsitesPets on a leash are permittedOpen April-October
Elk and Miles Camping Loops140 campsitesPets on a leash are permittedOpen April-October
Sassafras and Bohemia Loops59 campsitesPets are PROHIBITEDOpen May-September
Youth Group Camping6 group sitesup to 50 people per sitePets are PROHIBITEDOpen March - October
Camper cabins (All the fun of tent camping and no tents required!)One double bed and one bunk bed, sleeping 4 peopleCeiling light with fan and electrical outletOutdoor picnic tableSmall open porchFire ring with a grill on topHeat and air-conditioningPets are PROHIBITED2-night minimum stay on weekends and 3-nights on Holiday weekendsAvailable year roundRestrooms are located in the adjacent Chester camping loop
Please note: Mini-camper cabins DO NOT have running water, or a refrigerator. You must provide your own linens, pots, pans, and utensils.
Rustic Cabins (For a cozy, rustic stay in a historic cabin.)One double bed and one bunk bed, sleeping 4 peopleCeiling lights with fan and electrical outletsRefrigerator, oven and electric rangeCold running water at kitchen sinkSmall indoor table and outdoor picnic tableSmall open porchFire ring with a grill on topPets are PROHIBITEDRestrooms are located in the central bathhouse
Please note: Rustic cabins DO NOT have heating or air conditioning. You must provide your own linens, pots, pans and utensils.
Reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, call 1-888-432-2267 or visit http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us.
*New service charge fees for reservations. For every night reserved a service charge will be added to the base rates noted below for properties on the reservation system. For reservations made through the Internet, the per night fee is $4.56. For reservations made through the call center, the per night fee is $4.61, and for reservations made at the park the per night fee is $4.51.
The entrance to the campground 1/4th of a mile South from the Park Headquarters on Rt. 272. Turn left onto Campground Road, into the Elk River Area, across from the North East Beach entrance.
You are welcome to come in and visit the Nature Center, which is open on weekends during the summer season, to see live animals, local historical displays, and participate in hands-on activities for all ages. For upcoming events, check the park bulletin boards or the attached 2014 calendar for dates and times.
Elk Neck State Park will sponsor Junior Ranger Programs in the summer and fall of 2014. Junior Rangers is a fun way for youth ages 7-12 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!
The Junior Ranger program is being offered for 7-12 year olds. Participants will meet every other Sunday in the fall from 1-5 p.m. on September 8th & 22nd and October 6th & 20th. The fee is $25 per child and $10 for each additional family member. Please email Jeanette Thayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the park at 410-287-5333. Advanced registration is required by September 2nd and space is limited.
If you are looking for adventure and a challenge, hike and/or mountain bike on the park’s trails. Look closely and you might see a Bald Eagle’s nest high up in the treetops.Grab a trail map and explore 12 scenic miles of trails. From the easy 1.5 mile round trip hike 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.
NOTICE: a portion of the Ravines Loop is closed. Please contact the park for more information.
Hiking many of the park’s trails will offer opportunities to view wildlife. You can see Bald Eagles soaring above the shorelines by hiking the White Banks Trail or the Lighthouse Trail. Migrating hawks can be seen September-November from the Raptor Viewing field along the lighthouse trail. You can also see an active beaver lodge in the marsh near Rogue’s Harbor. White-tailed Deer, groundhogs, fox, raccoon, river otter, squirrel, skunk, and opossum are also found in the park, though many of these species are nocturnal.
Each of the four areas has a signed trailhead with information specific to that location. There are seven named trails within the park and you can use trail connectors to link multiple trails together. By choosing different trails and connectors, you can make your experience longer or shorter, easier or harder. Be creative and keep exploring new options!
Whichever journey you choose, enjoy your Chesapeake Bay experience!
Beginning in September, hunters with a valid Maryland hunting license and DNR managed hunt stamp may sign up at Elk Neck State park Headquarters for a deer-hunting permit. There are opportunities for Bow, Shotgun, and Muzzleloader Hunting as well as a program for disabled hunters and youth hunters. Seven offshore waterfowl Blind Sites are located on the Elk River and Chesapeake Bay.
Call the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Management Area office during waterfowl season at 410-356-9272 to get your permit and reserve a site. For information about hunting, visit The Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.
Hunters are permitted to enter one hour before sunrise and exit one hour after sunset, provided that they are engaged in legitimate, authorized hunting activity.
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