Elk Neck State Park is home to the Turkey Point Area, a historically significant and environmentally fragile location. The Turkey Point Lighthouse was once used to project light 13 miles down the Chesapeake Bay to direct ships safely away from the shorelines. Now it stands as a reminder of the history of the area.
The History of Turkey Point Lighthouse
From the parking lot, the hike to the lighthouse is about 0.8 miles. Please note that Maryland State Parks are trash free. You must take all of your trash with you when you leave. Alcohol is not permitted at Turkey Point.
Interested in volunteering with Turkey Point Light Station Inc.? Visit www.tpls.org for more information.
There is no service charge to access the Turkey Point area. Please be aware that the Turkey Point parking lot often fills to capacity on weekends and holidays; however, you may be turned away at any time if the parking area is full due to capacity. Visitors are encouraged to carpool.
The Turkey Point area is open from sunrise to sunset. All visitors must exit the parking lot by sunset.
Follow Route 272 South, 3 miles past Park Headquarters until it dead-ends at the Turkey Point parking lot. Follow the trail signs out to the lighthouse, which is approximately 0.8 miles from the parking lot.
Between Easter and mid-November, there is a port-o-pot at the lighthouse. On Saturdays and Sundays (April through November between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), you can climb the wooden steps up to the top of the 35 foot tall beacon and learn more about its history from one of the park’s dedicated volunteers. Climbers must be at least 42” tall.
A Raptor Viewing Field and information panel allow visitors to identify passing hawks and eagles.
Pets on leashes are welcome.
This location does not have the facilities to support special events and weddings. If you have any questions about special events, weddings, and accessibility please contact the park headquarters at410-287-5333.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401