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|Brief Description:||Elk Neck State Park boasts 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands, and heavily wooded bluffs within the peninsula formed by the North East River, Elk River, and the Chesapeake Bay. A wide variety of plant and animal life thrive throughout the area, which offers many walking trails—including a trail that provides a scenic view of the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay as it leads to the historic Turkey Point Lighthouse.
The park also supports camping and picnicking with picnic shelters and nearly 300 camping units, as well as cabins for rent.
|Location / Directions:||Elk Neck State Park is located in Cecil County, 10 miles south of the town of North East on MD Route 272. From I-95 take exit 100 (Route 272) and proceed south to the park.|
|Address:||Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Road
North East, MD 21901
|Activities:||The park is open year-round for most outdoor activities such as hiking, but some activities such as riflery and camping at the park’s cabins have their own limited seasons.
Elk Neck’s campgrounds contain 278 camping units—for tents, trailers, or motor homes—with conveniently located washhouses. There also are nine 4-person cabins to rent during the warm months. Picnic sites are available near the beach area, and larger groups can rent picnic pavilions.
There are several locations where the river is accessible to swimmers, including the North East River area. Caution: There are no lifeguards at the park. The park also supports fishing and flatwater canoeing in appropriate areas. The Rogues’ Harbor Boat Area offers launching ramps and rental boats.
There’s even a rifle range at the park. You must have a permit, which the park sells for $10 per day or $50 for the entire season. (Call 410-287-5333 for more information.) Fishing and hunting is permitted in season at designated areas with the proper permits.
|Operating Hours:||The park is open year-round. Full-service cabins are available for rental from May 1 to October 10, and camper cabins are available from April 1 to October 31.|
On weekdays, Elk Neck charges a $3/vehicle admission fee. On weekends and holidays, it’s $3/person. Out of state residents add $1. (no vehicle fee in winter months)
Use of campsites and picnic pavilions at Elk Neck State Park is billed at the following nightly rates: Campsite, $26/night (not open during winter months) Campsite with electric, $31/night Campsite with water/sewer/electric, $36/night Camper cabins, $51/night Full service cabins, $51/night 125-person picnic shelters, $126/day Seniors (62+) pay half-price of camping fees (service charges additional), Sunday to Thursday (excluding holidays)
|Visitor Facilities:||Elk Neck State Park offers picnic shelters, campgrounds with electrical hook-ups and washhouses, a camp store, a dump station, a snack bar, a chapel, and a visitor center. The park also operates the Bowers Conference Center.|
|Accessibility:||Elk Neck has several new campsites with full hook-ups that are fully accessible, including a sidewalk to an accessible bathhouse. Several sites are available for disabled hunters during shotgun and muzzleloader deer seasons.|