​Baltimore County near the town of Edgemere

North Point State Park
8400 North Point Road
Edgemere, MD 21219



Driving Directions:

Directions from North Baltimore:

Take Baltimore Beltway 695-south towards Essex/Key Bridge. Follow 695 to Exit 42 (151 Sparrows Point/North Point Boulevard). Exit and bear right onto 151 South to first light. Make left onto North Point Road (Route 20). Follow through Edgemere for 2 miles to North Point State Park on left.

Directions from South Baltimore:
Take Baltimore Beltway 695 North towards Glen Burnie/Key Bridge. Follow 695 over Key Bridge to Exit 43 (Bethlehem Boulevard/Sparrows Point). Get off at Exit 43 and make left at first blinking light (Bethlehem Boulevard). Follow Bethlehem Boulevard/158 East for one mile to North Point Boulevard. Cross over North Point Boulevard onto North Point Road. Follow North Point Road through Edgemere for 2 miles to park on left.

Hours of Operation:

​8 a.m. to Sunset (closed Christmas Day)

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.

Pet Policy:

  • Pets are allowed in all undeveloped areas
  • Pets are allowed in day-use areas after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend

Hunting Policy:

  • Waterfowl blind sites available by lottery on certain dates (reservation required) and on first come, first served basis on all other dates (free WHS permit / Managed Hunt Permit required)

North Point State Park


Water Contact Advisory – posted 8/4/18: The Baltimore County Health Department has issued a water contact advisory for the wading area at North Point State Park. To reduce the risk of illness, it is recommended that visitors take the following precautions:
* Avoid swallowing water
* Wash your hands with soap and water after wading
* Avoid wading and swimming with an open cut or wound, or if you have a compromised immune system

For further information contact the Baltimore County Health Department at 410-887-3663.

North Point State Park is located in Baltimore County on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and is surrounded by beautiful and fascinating natural and historical resources. It consists of 1,310 acres off North Point Road in Edgemere.

The Defenders Trail was ​used during the War of 1812 and passes through the park. North Point was also the site of the Bay Shore Amusement Park, a popular destination for summer visitors from 1906 through 1947. Visitors can see the original trolley station and fountain that have been restored. The trolley station is now used as a park pavilion and is a popular destination for special events. It can be reserved by calling the DNR statewide reservation system at 1-888-432-2267 (CAMP).

Beginning in January 2019, the Trolley Station pavilion will no longer require a reservation or permit for its use. It will be available year-round to park patrons on a first-come, first-serve basis.

North Point is rich in natural beauty. Come see how Mother Nature reclaimed the land where the amusement park once stood. The park has scenic views overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, a water accessible area, a fishing pier and hiking trails that lead you around the park and through protected Wildlands. Bicycles are strictly prohibited on the designated Wildlands trails.

Please be respectful to others and take your trash with you. Alcohol is not permitted (except in chargeable areas with a permit).

North Point State Park Trail Map

A new map of the trails at North Point State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.

Service Charges

Park entrance fees are as follows:

Weekends and holidays, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: $4 per-vehicle for Maryland residents, and $6 per-vehicle for non-Maryland residents.

Summer weekdays and weekends after Labor Day and before Memorial Day weekend: $3 per-vehicle service for Maryland residents, and $5 per-vehicle for non-Maryland residents. *Service Charges are subject to change. Call 410-477-0757 to confirm.

Buses are $10 and require a reservation.

Patrons who leave the park are required to pay again to re-enter. No refunds.

Senior citizens aged 62 and older are eligible for a $10 lifetime Golden Age Pass.

North Point is known to fill to capacity on summer weekends and especially holidays. All visitors will be turned away if the park fills to capacity. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early and carpool if possible. No re-entry if park is full. Know before you go! Call 410-477-0757 to inquire about any park closures.

Water Access

North Point State Park BeachNorth Point features an unguarded waterfront that is open to waders and swimmers. Waders and swimmers can enter the water at their own risk. There are no lifeguards at North Point State Park. It is recommended that waders and swimmers wear water shoes when entering the water.


Picnic tables and grills are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Trolley Station and bay-front gazebo are also available for rent. See details below.

Trolley Station Pavilion:

The Trolley Station pavilion is available for rental May 1 through September 30. Reservations will be taken through the statewide reservation system Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. To make a reservation, please call 1-888-432-2267. Payment for the reservation will be made through the reservation system. Patrons renting the Trolley Station will be required to pay the park entrance fee.

The service charge for the pavilion is according to the following schedule:

  • Up to 100 people: $125.00
  • 101-150 people: $175.00
  • 151-200 people: $225.00
  • 201-250 people: $300.00

Bay-Front Gazebo:

The North Point State Park Volunteers maintain and rent out a small bay-front gazebo. It seats up to 30 people, and can be rented for the day for $50 by calling 410-477-0757. Patrons and their guests renting the gazebo will be required to pay the park entrance fee.

Takos Visitor Center

The Takos Visitor Center at North Point sits where the Takos Visitor CenterBay Shore Park Restaurant once stood. Completed in 2002, this beautiful facility resembles the structures once found in Bay Shore Park and boasts nature and history-themed exhibits, a science classroom, a large conference room and public restrooms.

The building was named after Steve Takos, a volunteer who spearheaded the renovation efforts in the park. Hours are Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The park features several miles of well-marked and relatively level trails, abundant with wildflowers in spring and wildlife throughout the year. Birdwatching is especially popular on the Black Marsh Trail.


Bikes are welcome throughout much of the park, except in the Wildlands Area.


North Point features two fishing piers (including the 1,000-ft. Crystal Pier) and a long shoreline that present good fishing opportunities. Anglers ages 16- and-older are required to possess a Maryland Tidal Fishing License.


The gazebo, fishing piers, trolley station, fountain, and Takos Visitor’s Center are accessible. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.

Black Marsh Wildlands

Over half of the park (667 acres) has received legislative protection as state Wildlands. Bicycles are prohibited in the Wildlands. The Wildlands (along with the park’s wetland area) provide opportunities to observe local birds and wildlife including: muskrats, beavers, foxes, otters, osprey, great blue herons and bald eagles.

Park History

North Point has been continuously farmed for almost 350 years, with evidence of human occupation dating back almost 9,000 years. During the War of 1812, local militia skirmished with British troops seeking to invade Baltimore. The British route to Baltimore passed through the present-day park and is known today as the "Defenders Trail."

During the first half of the 20th-century, a small part of the park was the site of the Bay Shore Amusement Park. Built in 1906, Bay Shore was a bustling and attractive park offering recreation and relaxation in a setting of gardens, pathways and Edwardian architecture. The park included a dance hall, bowling alley, restaurant and a 1000-ft. pier jutting out into the Chesapeake Bay. Bay Shore Park was accessible by trolley from Baltimore.

Bay Shore Park was demolished in the late-1940s when Bethlehem Steel bought the land. The property was acquired by Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 1987 to provide resource protection and limited access to the Bay.

North Point State Park Volunteers

The North Point Volunteers sponsor numerous activities throughout the year, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day clean-up, the Youth Fishing Derby and Santa's Workshop. Their volunteers have restored and continue to maintain the fountain that was a centerpiece of the old Bay Shore Park. For more information, contact park headquarters, stop by the North Point Visitor Center during operating hours, or visit their website at: www.northpointstatepark.homestead.com.


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us
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Plan Ahead for "Filled To Capacity" Park Closures

North Point State Park is one of Maryland’s most popular parks and serves a very high volume of visitors during summer weekends and holidays. To ensure the safety of our visitors and protection of the park’s natural resources and facilities, the park has a limited capacity.

During periods of high visitation, when the park’s capacity is reached, the park will be closed and traffic will be turned away from the park entrance. When that occurs, no additional vehicles / visitors will be allowed to enter the park, including those with members of their party who may already be in the park. If you are not traveling in the same vehicle with others in your party, we suggest that you all arrive at the same time.

When the park is closed due to being full to capacity, individuals and groups with shelter reservations will be admitted, as parking is reserved for those purposes.

Based on recent experience and visitation trends, and depending on good weather, North Point State Park will likely fill to capacity and close on Memorial Day weekend, and many other weekends during the course of the summer. Please take this into consideration when planning your trip.