Elk Neck State Park: Elk Neck River Camping Area

Elk Neck Campers The Elk River Camping Area offers over 200 campsites, 7 mini camper cabins, 8 rustic cabins, a youth group camping area, a camp store, playgrounds, and a Nature Center that has fun weekend activities for families during the summer and early fall season. The park store will be staffed on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Firewood will still be sold.

General Rules and Important information:

  • No alcohol is allowed in the Camping Area.
  • A maximum of 6 people can camp at each site.
  • All camping equipment must be set up on the tent pad.
  • Vehicles must remain on designated parking areas/driveways.
  • Visitors must pay the standard day-use charge and must exit the campground by 10 p.m.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m.
  • Check-in time is between 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
  • Check-out times:
    11 a.m. for cabins
    1 p.m. for campsites

All campsites are equipped with a fire ring with grill on top, picnic table, and a lantern post. Each camping loop has a central bathhouse with hot running water for showers.

2017 Camping Update - Posted 1/25/2017: Starting September 5, 2017 Miles Loop and North East Loop will be closed due to planned renovation projects for the remainder of the 2017 camping season. In the Chester Loop, camping will be pet friendly starting after Labor Day weekend and will remain open until December 1, 2017.

New Generator Policy Effective January 1, 2017 The operation of generators is prohibited during the established quiet hours (10 p.m. to 7 a.m.).

At times outside of quiet hours, all aspects of their operation must conform to standards designed to prevent disturbing other visitors and to preserve the peace and tranquility of the park environment, to include COMAR 08.07.06.20(F). For more information, please contact Elk Neck State Park at 410-287-5333.

Reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, call 1-888-432-2267 or visit parkreservations.maryland.gov.

Directions: Follow Route 272 South, 1/4 mile past Park Headquarters, turn left onto Campground Road, into the Elk River Area, across from the North East Beach entrance. 

North East Camping Loop
28 sites with electric (50, 30, and 20 amp), water, and sewer hookups
Pets on a leash are permitted
Open April-September 5, 2017

Chester Camping Loop
22 sites with electric hook-ups (50, 30, and 20 amp)
Pets are prohibited
Camping in Chester Loop will be pet friendly September 5, 2017 to November 30, 2017

Elk and Miles Camping Loops
56 standard tent campsites
Pets on a leash are permitted
Miles Loop will be closed starting September 5, 2017

Wye, Choptank, and Susquehanna Camping Loops
68 standard tent campsites
Pets on a leash are permitted

Bohemia Loop
27 standard tent campsites
Pets are prohibited

Youth Group Camping
6 group sites
Up to 50 people per site
Pets are prohibited

Mini Camper Cabins
Mini camper cabin at Elk NeckOne double bed and one bunk bed, sleeps 4 people
Amenities: Ceiling light with fan and electrical outlet, outdoor picnic table, small open porch, fire ring with a grill on top, heat and air-conditioning, pets are prohibited.

Restrooms are located in the adjacent Chester camping loop. A 2-night minimum stay on weekends and 3-nights on holiday weekends is required. Please note: mini camper cabins do not have running water, or a refrigerator. You must provide your own linens, pots, pans, and utensils.

Mini Rustic Cabins
One double bed and one bunk bed, sleeps 4 people.
Amenities: Ceiling lights with fan and electrical outlets, refrigerator, oven and electric range, cold running water at kitchen sink, small indoor table and outdoor picnic table, small open porch, fire ring with a grill on top, pets are prohibited.

Restrooms are located in the central bathhouse with hot running water for showers. A 2-night minimum stay on weekends and 3-nights on holiday weekends is required. Please note: Rustic cabins do not have heating or air conditioning. You must provide your own linens, pots, pans and utensils.

Service Charge

Visitors must pay the standard day-use charge and must exit the campground by 10 p.m.

Nature Center

Learn more about the natural and cultural history of Elk Neck by visiting the park's Nature Center (open hours vary, call the park for details). See live animals, local history displays, and hands-on activities for all ages. Naturalists offer programs during the spring, summer and fall including Canoe Adventures, Campfire Programs, Reptile Shows, and Guided Hikes. For upcoming events, check the park bulletin boards or the online calendar for dates and times.

Things to Do and See

Visitors to the Elk River Camping Area can:

  • Learn about the flora and fauna of Elk Neck State Park at the Nature Center
  • Hike the Pond Loop and connectors to White Banks and the Farm Road Trails
  • Visit the Park Store
  • Enjoy the many playgrounds

Pets

Pets on leashes are welcome in the camping loops located along Stony Point Road: Choptank, Elk, Miles, North East, Susquehanna, and Wye.​​​​​​​​​​​