Drive to the end of SR 272 where you will find a parking area and Turkey Point Trailhead. The trail is 2 miles long traveling a varied terrain from steep bluffs to open field to water's edge. The trail is exceedingly scenic even from the trailhead, which offers a panoramic view of North East River from cliff's edge. As you head onto the path, you'll be surrounded by a lush eastern woodland comprised of Virginia pines, chestnut and white oaks. Shortly, you'll break out in an open field leading to a larger open area with a trail intersection and directional signs. From here, you'll make a loop veering off to inspect the high ground of the century old lighthouse that once served as a welcome beacon for sailors. No longer in use, this site is now visited by trail users and bird watchers who gather each spring and fall to view migrating raptors, neo-tropic warblers, and monarchs traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Raptors recorded from this site include sharp-shinned hawks, kestrels, red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks, bald eagles, golden eagles and peregrine falcons. A resting bench beneath the lighthouse provides a wonderful spot to enjoy the memorable view of the Chesapeake Bay. As you leave the site, venture down the open grassy area where you'll see the trail cutting into the woods and descending to water's edge. More bayside views entice the visitor to linger. Follow the path to the right venturing back into the woods in approximately 20 yards. You'll ascend up to the grassy area with the directional signs, closing your waterside loop. Retrace your steps to the left and back to the trailhead.
Directions: From North East, MD, Travel MD State Route 272 south for 8 miles. The park is located at the end of the road. Travel to the parking lot at the very end of SR 272 to find trailhead.
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Distance: 2 miles
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