Elk Neck State Park

​North East Beach Area and Picnic Shelters

North East beach at Elk NeckThe North East River Area provides swimming access to the Susquehanna Flats of the Chesapeake Bay. There is also a canoe and kayak hand-launch area, just north of the swim area.

The shallow water access is unguarded and the area also features picnic tables, grills, and a restroom with cold showers.

Please note that Maryland State Parks are trash free. You must take all of your trash with you when you leave.

Shelters One and Two

Located in the North East Beach Area, Shelters One and Two accommodate 125 people each. The Shelters are available May through September by permit/reservation only. To reserve Shelter One or Two call 1-888-432-CAMP (2267) or visit our reservation web page. Day-use fees apply to this area in addition to the $103 reservation fee. Please call the park with questions about amplified sound or alcohol permits prior to making a reservation (alcohol permits must be purchased at the time of reservation).

Visitor Day Use Fees *

Maryland Tagged Vehicles
Weekends and Holidays - $3 per person
Weekdays - $3 per vehicle

Out-of-state Tagged Vehicles
Weekends and Holidays - $5 per person
Weekdays - $5 per vehicle

*Some discounts apply

  • Discounts only apply to the pass holder. See individual passes for more details.
  • Children in booster seats and car seats are free.
  • Bus fees: April through October the standard weekday bus fee is $10 per bus. On weekends and holidays bus passengers are charged the standard per person charge. November through March the bus fee is $10 per bus.
  • Senior citizens 62 and older with a Maryland Golden Age Pass are free. Golden Age Passes can be purchased at the park for $10.
  • See more information about State Park Passes
  • Veterans day use fee is waived (does not apply to camping or boat launch)


The North East Beach Area opens at 9 a.m. and closes at sunset. All visitors must exit the parking lots by sunset.


Follow Route 272 South, 1/3 mile past Park Headquarters, turn right onto North East Beach Road.

Things To See and Do

  • Launch canoes or kayaks by hand
  • Swim within the designated swimming area (marked by bouys from April to October)
  • Picnic
  • Hike the Farm Road Trail, Mauldin Mountain Loop or White Banks Trail


Pets on leashes are welcome in this area except; for the sandy portion of the swimming beach area from Memorial Day Weekend until after Labor Day.