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Elk Neck State Park, North East

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Elk Neck State Park is a public recreation area located between Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River near the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula in Cecil County, Maryland. The state park is home to the historic Turkey Point Light and offers land-based and water-based recreation. The park is located on MD 272, eight miles (13 km) south of the town of North East, and 13 miles (21 km) south of exit 100 on I-95. It is operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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  • Nice walk, but please take note of the spotted lantern flies! They are invasive and seem to be everywhere! 
    Nice walk, but please take note of the spotted lantern flies! They are invasive and seem to be everywhere!  more »
  • It is a nice short walk or bicycle ride with beautiful views along the way and a really nice view at the end where the lighthouse is. The cliffs are really steep, so you do need to watch if you... 
    It is a nice short walk or bicycle ride with beautiful views along the way and a really nice view at the end where the lighthouse is. The cliffs are really steep, so you do need to watch if you...  more »
  • Told parking lot filled up quickly and it was to be a hot day (upper 90's) so we got there at 7am. Only ones there. Very nice trail to lighthouse. Some of the path was mowed area. Saw deer and... 
    Told parking lot filled up quickly and it was to be a hot day (upper 90's) so we got there at 7am. Only ones there. Very nice trail to lighthouse. Some of the path was mowed area. Saw deer and...  more »
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  • Very pretty state park. 3 or 4 different sections to visit. Reasonable entrance fee. Sad to see so much trash along the beach line washed up but that's just the current human condition I guess. Regardless, the park ranger we spoke to was so incredibly pleasant and helpful and she genuinely seemed to enjoy her job.
  • Overall great place. Average size sites for a state park. Lots of wildlife. Park staff was friendly and helpful. Some of the trails could use some trimming but it is spring time. Verizon Cell service is very poor in the area.
  • Took our pups for a walk on the beach. It was GORGEOUS. A perfect spot to pick sea shells, sea glass, drift wood for crafting, and the view is breathtaking. The pups had a blast and we did too. Highly recommend stopping by, there is even a swing set overlooking the water.
  • Great state park here in Cecil County, MD. Very relaxing and quiet camping experience. There are plenty of campsites, with and without hook ups. Lots to do with play grounds, hiking trails, nature center, the beach, and more. We're lucky to live close!
  • The park is absolutely beautiful. The campground is nice, with easy access to the bathrooms and showers. Some spots even have views of the water (though it can be hard to see through the trees). The trails are a lot of fun, not too long but still adventurous. You really have to pay attention to the spray painted tree signs though. My friend and I nearly got lost on the Beaver Marsh Loop, even with a paper map to guide us. Its also a great place for bird watching. A Bald Eagle flew right over me, no more than 20 or 30ft above, it was incredible. I wasn't even looking for birds it just happened to fly out of a tree nearby. There's a list of other amazing birds you can see there too. The little beach is really nice too, though watch your feet because there's rocks all on the shore. All around, its a great place to visit

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