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Elk Neck State Park
Based on 77 traveler reviews
The Beach is beautiful
Jul 28, 2014 by: Scarlett D from West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Great park. I really enjoy the walk to the lighthouse. The beach is beautiful. Very well maintained. Camping is great.
Well Maintained - a few drawbacks
Jul 27, 2014 by: Cameron L from Silver Spring
I have a love affair with the MD State Parks Camper Cabins and so was happy to be trying Elk Neck for the first time. The campground itself is very well maintained, the bath houses are clean, the trails "mostly" well marked, and the rangers helpful. The several miles of hiking trails were fun to explore and provided a wonderful variety of terrain. I strongly advise the Beaver Marsh Trail, in the early morning hours if you can do it. The trail goes from dense woods to a lovely snippet of deserted beach to views of the marsh from a variety of vantage points. The other must see trail is the White Banks Trail which runs along the seaside with some spectacular views and a couple of secluded beach spots. Amazingly, in 3 days of hiking I only saw one patch of poison ivy - and it was at the edge of the cliff by the lighthouse, far to close to the edge for anyone to inadvertently wander into it. A few downsides: The park store is only open Wednesday - Sunday and it is a 6 mile drive (each way) to get ice on Monday and Tuesday which I found very annoying. The sites are small and not always positioned very well. The parking space for my cabin was at my front door. The campground host let me park my truck behind his in an unoccupied site, but if the campground had been more crowded, the view from my porch would have been the back of my truck. The swimming beach was, to me, disappointing. While it is great for families with kids, as an adult who actually likes to swim, it was frustrating that it was a LONG walk through knee deep water before it got deep enough to swim, at which point the swimming area was closed off for boat traffic.
Awesome and affordable!
Jul 06, 2014 by: maryann s from Pine Hill, New Jersey
Have stayed in the rustic cabins 2x. last year and throughly enjoyed it. Park is beautiful and there is a kyack rental less than 15 min away if u do not own. bathrooms very clean and cabins are also. Great affordable vaca!
May 26, 2014 by: elizagrace from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lots of great trails and beautiful views. The lighthouse area was especially nice. We didn't camp there but the camp grounds looked very nice.
Lovely park on a spit of land between two bodies of water
Feb 22, 2014 by: Bondoon2 from
We came here when we were geocaching for cache across maryland. Our children had been to camp at a nearby sleep away camp for several years, so we knew this park was here, but never had a reason to stop by. It was a lovely place to come for a walk. There's a big campground too, which we drove near, as well. Looks like a great place to come camping too. Lovely overlooks with extensive views into the bay.
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