Location:
Anne Arundel County
Dent Road Entrance
GPS 38.813919,
-76.512214

Contact:
Franklin Point State Park
c/o Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21409

Driving Directions:
Take MD-2 South/Solomon's Island Road and MD-468 East to Dent Road in Shady side, Maryland.

Hours of Operation:
Sunrise to Sunset. No camping, campfires or after hours activities are permitted.

Pet Policy
Pets are allowed. All pets much be kept on a leash.

Hunting
No hunting is allowed at Franklin Point State Park.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Franklin Point State Park

Water view from Franklin Point State Park

Franklin Point State Park is a beautiful 477 acre peninsula nestled among the Chesapeake Bay, Deep Creek and Flag Pond, in scenic southern Anne Arundel County. The Maryland Park Service has partnered with community members represented by the West/Rhode Riverkeeper staff to improve access to this natural waterfront property.

Franklin Point features a variety of marsh, forest and field areas, with sand shoreline overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Passive enjoyment, including wildlife viewing and hiking, are ideal activities at this site. At this time parking is limited and restricted to the lot off Dent Road.

Future plans are underway with the help of the West/Rhode Riverkeeper staff to develop a soft launch and small day use area off Dent Road. Access to this area is granted through a self-service combination gate (see the G​ate Combination Request Form below.

Gate Combination Request Form

Franklin Point State Park is a gated park with a combination lock. Access to the park is limited due to site conditions and capacity. Park only in the designated parking area to the left beyond the gate. The Maryland Park Service reserves the right to close the park or restrict access for operational, maintenance or safety reasons.

Enter and submit your name and e-mail address to receive the current combination lock numbers. The gate must be secured immediately upon entering the park.

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