What to do in Elk Neck State Park

Located between the North East and Elk Rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay, Elk Neck State Park has a variety of topography including sandy beaches, wooded bluffs and marshlands. Several multi-use trails meander through the diversified topography, revealing the great variety of plant and animal life. An easy walking trail to Turkey Point Lighthouse provides a view of the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay.

A visit to Elk Neck State Park is restful, relaxing, recreational, and very scenic state park. The park offers something for nearly all outdoor tastes. The campground is large accommodating RVs, tents, and even a cabin area. With the park's beautiful location tucked along the Chesapeake Bay, slicing between two rivers, a variety of water sports are a natural pastime. Swimming is offered, yet no guards provide protection. Fishing the estuarine waters can be very rewarding, however, crabbing this far north is limited. Canoeing and sea kayaking opportunities abound. Several boat launches and boat rent are available at Rogues' Harbor Boat Area. There is a lovely picnic area near the beach with reservable shelters. Hunters will find a practice range open Tuesday through Sunday, dawn to dusk in season. Permits are required. Contact the park office for details. A two-mile multi-use scenic trail is a haven for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. Business retreats or large family gatherings may be held in Bowers Conference Center.

Pets are allowed at three camping areas and one area with full hookups. Pets are allowed on trails if they are on a leash, but they are not allowed on the beach.

Elk Neck has several new campsites with full hookups that are fully ADA accessible including a sidewalk to an accessible bathhouse. Several sites are available for disabled hunters during shotgun and muzzleloader deer seasons.

Recreation
Amenities and recreations available at this peninsula park include a boat launch, boat rental, cabins, campfire programs, campsites, camp store, dump station, concession, fishing, flatwater paddling, multi-use trail, historic interest, hunting, picnicking, playground, picnic shelters, swimming, and visitor center.

Location
Elk Neck State Park is found in central Maryland. The park is in Cecil County, 10 miles south of the town of North East on MD 272.

Climate
Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Address
4395 Turkey Point Road
North East, MD 21901

Phone: 410-287-5333

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