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Elk Neck State Park
Copyright: - Maryland State Forest and Park Service
Elk Neck State Park
Description - 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.

Attractions - Elk Neck State Park 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. The main attraction at Elk Neck State Park is the Turkey Point Light House. This historic site sits on a 100 foot bluff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Other attractions in the park include the sandy beach with a picnic area near the beach with reservable shelters and 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.

Recreation - Amenities and recreations available at this peninsula park include a boat launch, 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.

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.

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.

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Just camped 10/3-10/5 with a scout troop. This is my 2nd trip to Elk Neck, the first was last year at the family camp site on a pad. This time it was at the youth group site on grass. The park is well maintained, bath-houses are kept well. There is a nature center with regular informational shows and park tours. It was a very nice experience on both occasions (last year and this year). The next trip will probably be a cabin rental as temps are dropping. I highly recommend the park.

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Contact Information:
Elk Neck State Park, 4395 Turkey Point Road , North East, MD, 21901, Phone: 410-287-5333

Additional Information:
Eastern Shore - Trillions of grains of sand, eroded from Maryland's ancient Appalachian Mountains and deposited by the sea, have created a magical barrier island, offering visitors both solitude and adventure.
Maryland State Parks - Maryland State Forest and Park Service offers 47 state parks with recreational opportunities offered for all ages. From the forested regions to where land meets sea, Maryland's public parcels provide recreation, relaxation, and education. Many facilities possess barrier-free design.

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