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Elk Neck State Park
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Room with a view.
Mar 17, 2015 by: quartersawnwhiteoak from North East, Maryland
The view from the Point is terrific. You can see clearly across the North East River. The walk up to that point can be a bit tough if the person's not in good health but it's all down hill back to your car. Camping, I have not done, but I hear it's great, especially for the kids. There's a lot to offer everyone. Just be careful on the cliffs. It's a long way down.
Beautiful, but not for serious hiking
Mar 15, 2015 by: am60036 from North East, MD
I grew up near Elk Neck and it is one of my favorite places to be. If this review were just for the lighthouse area at the very southern end of Route 272, it would be 5 stars. The lighthouse parking lot area has one of the best views in Cecil County, the hike is pleasant easy enough for most people, but interesting enough to entertain those who would normally do a harder hike. The lighthouse itself is great, and open for climbing from May-September on weekends during certain hours. There is a little side path back from the lighthouse that passes a lot of great fishing spots, beaches, and views. A hike off the trail through the woods takes you along the cliffs of the bay, where there are beautiful clay deposits to be found and to climb. The rest of the park is less nice in my opinion, but still worth a visit. The beach area can get extremely crowded on weekends in the summer and, in spite of the best efforts of some of the park rangers, can get very dirty quickly as a result. There is a neat rubber playground that some boy scouts built several years ago, but as it ages parts of it are starting to break. There are a lot of picnic tables and all of them have access to a grill, so that's nice. The campground is good for family camping, but definitely don't expect privacy from people or from bugs. This peninsula has some of the craziest bugs in the largest quantities I've ever seen, since much of it is marshland. Some of the park rangers can be extremely strict about how you park your cars, so be sure that your wheels don't touch the grass if you don't want to be pestered. The boat area is nice, it has a ramp, a bathroom, and a little store. One thing to keep in mind: DO NOT try to do a lot of hiking there. Apart from the lighthouse trail, there is a chance that the small Ravines Loop may be in ok shape and probably part of (but usually not all of) the Pond Loop. The White Banks trail is usually awful, especially the part south of the overlook, and it is a one-way trail that involves crossing Route 272. Mauldin Mountain is usually awful as well, along with Beaver Marsh and Farm Road (usually flooded). When I say awful, I mean completely overgrown with stilt grass. If you don't know what stilt grass is, it's invasive bright green grass that harbors tons of ticks and chiggers. I once leapt through stilt grass that was almost up to my chest in large fields attempting to do the White Banks trail. If you DO attempt to hike here, PLEASE spray yourself profusely with deep woods bug spray and wear pants.
Paradise between Two Rivers
Feb 19, 2015 by: wayne417 from North East, Maryland
Elk Neck State Park lies at the southern tip of Elk Neck itself (juts into the Chesapeake Bay. The Park has two sides to it: The Elk River beaches and marina, and the north East River Beaches. Within the park itself there are plenty of camping facilities, hook-ups, etc., as well as cabins for rent (better apply in January)
Jan 02, 2015 by: jobosumm from Forked River, New Jersey
We camped two nights in one of the rustic cabins. The cabin was old and run down. Dirty and bugs everywhere. We camp all the time and have camped all over the United states - I know what to expect for rustic camping. This was just poor upkeep. If you want to stay in a cabin, try one of the mini cabins. They look much nicer! The park itself is very nice.. A nice walk out to turkey point and the light house. Hiking trails all around. Lots of wildlife (deer).
Nice quiet hike
Dec 18, 2014 by: Robert L from Bangor
A wonderfully long walk to the Lighthouse that we usually see from our boat on the Chesapeake..being able to talk with others as they pass by on their way back....stops along the way overlooking the bay
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