St. Mary's County in Southern Maryland
Newtowne Neck State Park
c/o Point Lookout State Park11175 Point Lookout RoadScotland MD 20687
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Take Route 5 towards Leonardtown. Turn right at the light at the intersection of Route 5 and MD-243 and follow the road for three miles.
Sunrise to Sunset
Pets are allowed in Newtowne Neck State Park.
Newtowne Neck was purchased in 2009 and quickly became a popular destination for community residents and visitors. In 2016, the master plan for the park was approved by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. The approach to planned improvements in the master plan is to minimize alterations to the property, so the appearance of the landscape will change very little when the plan is fully implemented. Most proposed changes involve modifications to existing structures and facilities to accommodate increased access by the public.
Newtowne Neck State Park is a 794 acre peninsula surrounded by Breton Bay, St. Clements Bay, and the Potomac River. It has seven (7) miles of ecologically and recreationally important waterfront.
Newtowne Neck was home to the Piscataway Native American Tribe and their ancestors for many centuries before its settlement by the colonists. The property, Newtowne Neck, is the site of the first settlement in Maryland after the original settlement in Saint Mary’s City. The original colonists landed on St. Clement’s Island in 1634. In 1640, William Bretton was granted 750 acres from Cecelius Calvert for the Newtowne Neck tract. In 1668, the Society of Jesus acquired the property from William Bretton in exchange for 40,000 pounds of tobacco. William and his wife, Temperance, donated one and one-half acres of their property in 1661 to the Society of Jesus to establish a chapel and cemetery. The property was maintained by the Society of Jesus until they withdrew from the land in 1967 to work in other areas.
The Department of Natural Resources purchased Newtowne Neck in late April of 2009. The land was purchased to protect the waterfront from development. The purchase of Newtowne Neck, provides the ability to preserve diverse natural water and land areas, safeguard wildlife habitats, conserve sustainable forest lands, and protect the quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Newtowne Neck will provide public access to the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail and provide a lasting legacy to future generations of Marylanders.
Newtowne Neck is also designated as the first historic district in St. Mary’s County and is listed on the National Register of Historic places.
Park HoursNewtowne Neck State Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Maryland State Parks are “Trash Free”. Please practice “Leave No Trace” principles and take your trash with you when you leave. To view these principles visit www.lnt.org. Any questions or concerns, contact Point Lookout State Park at 301-872-5688. Newtowne Neck State Park is closed on Christmas Day (12/25).
Canoeing and KayakingNon-motorized crafts can be walked in and launched from the launch area during regular park hours. Canoes and kayakers can enjoy access to the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail. Also, for more locations to launch your vessel, visit: Scenic Waterways of St. Mary’s County. Know Before you Go!
FishingVisitors can fish from designated areas along the shoreline year-round from sunrise to sunset. A proper tidal fishing license is required for persons 16 and older.
HikingEnjoy the experience of exploring the natural environment, wildlife and different plant species while hiking and walking on the property. Please remember to be considerate of agricultural crops and naturally sensitive areas to avoid adverse impact to this unique area.
HuntingDeer and small game hunting, with a reservation, are permitted in the designated area during regular hunting seasons. Two permanent goose field blinds are available for use with a reservation. Reservations can be made by calling Wildlife and Heritage at 301-743-5161. A Southern Region Public Hunting Permit is required to hunt at Newtowne. Newtowne Neck is closed for all activities, including hunting, on Christmas Day. You can call Point Lookout State Park for more information: 301-872-5688.
BirdingEnjoy the opportunities to visit some unique birding habitats including tidal shorelines, forest, hedgerows, meadows and agricultural fields. The Maryland Ornithological Birding checklist may help you document those birds you see at Newtowne Neck State Park.
This park is supported by Maryland’s Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC), a program modeled after the Maryland Conservation Corps. The VCC works with the Maryland Park Service and the Department of Natural Resources on conservation projects in areas such as recreation enhancement, park operations, wetland restoration, facility improvements, and trail maintenance and construction. Corps Members are trained in relevant, enriching, and marketable skills such as Emergency Medical Responder, chain saw safety, hazardous tree removal, Search and Rescue, trail construction, Environmental Education/Interpretation, and invasive species removal.
Maryland's Veterans Conservation Corps program helps empower veterans during their transition from military service to civilian life by leveraging their unique background and service ethic with the therapeutic value of the outdoors and professional skills development, while they address pressing conservation needs on public lands.
For more information about this program, contact the park: firstname.lastname@example.org
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