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Designation: Maryland State Scenic Byway
Fees: No fees to drive the byway.
Length, One-Way: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers)
Time: 24 Minutes

General Information

Description - Turkey Point Road travels through the industrial town of North East, which is the site of an early 18th-century flour mill and forge. North East also boasts St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church, one of the oldest buildings in Cecil County. Be sure to visit the Upper Bay Museum to see an extensive collection of hunting, fishing, and boating artifacts native to the upper Chesapeake region.

The byway continues south down Elk Neck, a wooded, hilly peninsula defined by the Northeast and Elk rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way it passes through Elk Neck State Forest and continues on to Turkey Point and Elk Neck State Park. Nature lovers will find much to draw them to the park's 2,100-acres of lush waterfront forest. You will find camp sites, picnic facilities, rowboat rentals, boat launches, swimming areas, and ample opportunities to fish.

On the 100-foot bluff at Turkey Point stands the Turkey Point Lighthouse, built in 1834 to guide ships into the newly built Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (C&D Canal). Fannie Salter, the last woman lighthouse keeper, kept the light burning from 1925 until she retired in 1947. Within the park are more than seven miles of trails that take you through a diverse landscape of wooded bluffs and wide pastures stretching down to sandy Bay beaches.

Attractions - The Old Turkey Point Road is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : In the upper northeast corner of Maryland, leave I-95 at exit 100 and follow MD 272 (Turkey Point Road) south to the town of North East where the byway begins. Continue on Turkey Point Road through Elk Neck peninsula, Elk Neck State Forest and State Park, and on to Turkey Point.

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Additional Information:
Maryland Scenic Byways - Described here are a number of Marylands State Scenic Byways. These byways travel through historic and scenic areas throughout the state.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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