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|Brief Description:||North Point State Park is a 1,320-acre Bay-front park with more than six miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay, Back River, and Shallow Creek. The site also boasts several wetland areas, including the large bayside Black Marsh - one of the finest examples of a tidal marsh on the upper Chesapeake.
Most of North Point is covered by woods, active agricultural areas, and unmanaged fields that help to maintain water quality and support a vast array of wildlife in the region. North Point has been continuously farmed for almost 350 years, with evidence of human occupation dating back 9,000 years. The site also was a critical spot during the War of 1812, when British troops' route to Baltimore passed through the present-day park along what is now known as the “Defenders Trail.”
Today, the park supports a blend of outdoor activities and historical study. North Point provides public access to the Bay, a wading beach, and crabbing and fishing opportunities.
|Location / Directions:||North Point State Park is located in southeastern Baltimore County near the community of Edgemere.
From I-695 South: Use exit 42 to Route 151 South. Follow signs to Fort Howard (Route 20). The park entrance is on the left, about one-quarter mile from Millers Island Road.
From I-695 North: Use exit 43. Follow signs to Fort Howard (Route 20). The park entrance is on the left, about one-quarter mile from Millers Island Road.
From I-97 North: Continue to I-695 West. Cross the Key Bridge, and continue to Route 151 (Sparrows Point Boulevard, exit 43). Follow Route 151 to Route 20, and turn left. Follow Route 20 to the park entrance.
|Physical Address:||North Point State Park
9000 Bay Shore Road
Edgemere, MD 21219
|Mailing Address:||North Point State Park
P.O. Box 176
Fort Howard, MD 21052
|Visitor Phone:||(410) 477-0757|
|Activities:||Well-marked trails allow you to observe local birds and wildlife while hiking or biking. North Point’s habitats support muskrats, beavers, foxes, otters, ospreys, great blue herons, and bald eagles. A variety of waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors make their homes at North Point.
More than half of the park is designated as a state wildland area where bicycles and pets are prohibited. You can view the 350-acre Black Marsh from a convenient observation deck.
North Point also supports fishing, flatwater canoeing, boating, and waterfowl hunting with the proper permits.
The park’s picnic tables offer a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay, and North Point rents the restored trolley station for large group picnics.
Check out the Old Bayshore Park ruins—evidence of a premier turn-of-the-century amusement park that includes the 1,000-foot bayshore pier, the trolley station, a restaurant, and a fountain.
Park officers also conduct a variety of educational programs throughout the year—including bird walks, canoe trips in Shallow Creek, ecology workshops, and the annual Bay Shore Days.
|Operating Hours:||North Point State Park is open daily. From November 1 to April 30, the site is open from 8:00am to sunset. From May 1 to October 31, the park is open from 6:00am to sunset.|
|Fees:||The park seeks a $2 contribution per vehicle.|
|Visitor Facilities:||North Point State Park contains a small visitor center that provides park information and first aid, an undeveloped wading beach, two fishing piers, and nearly six miles of trails that provide scenic views of the Bay.|
|Accessibility:||North Point State Park offers a handicapped-accessible ramp that leads to the pier and other facilities.|