Elk Neck State Park

Turkey Point Lighthouse - Photo by David Mielcarek

Cecil County
Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Rd
North East, MD 21901

Contact: 410-287-5333

Elkneck.statepark@maryland.gov
E-mail Elk Neck State Park

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RENOVATION NOTICE:
The park will undergo major improvements to Mauldin Mountain, Rustic Cabins and Bathhouses. The project will begin in the spring of 2024. The project includes the construction of a new pavilion, picnic areas and a restroom at Mauldin Mountain and replacement of eight rustic cabins, restoration of a CCC-era cabin and renovation of five bathhouses within the campground. Stormwater management, extensive landscaping and reforestation will be provided.

CAMPGROUND NOTICE:
Due to renovations to the bathhouses and the replacement of the Rustic Cabins, the Elk Neck State Park campground will be mostly closed for the 2024 season.

  • North East Loop is not impacted by construction and will remain open year-round.
  • Miles Loop will be open on weekends only for the 2024 season.
  • Sassafras Loop will be open.

TURKEY POINT LIGHTHOUSE NOTICE:
The Turkey Point Lighthouse Road and Parking Improvements will begin in March 2024. To learn more click here.


NORTH EAST BEACH AREA:
The North East Beach area will be closed in December 2023 for the installation of stormwater management. The area will remain closed into the spring of 2024. Please call the park headquarters for updates.

PLAYGROUND NOTICE:

  • The playgrounds at Elk Neck State Park are undergoing repairs.

    The following play equipment are available:

    • Stoney Point Road Playground: Near Elk Loop.
    • North East Loop Playground.
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Reservations

For questions about reservations and to make reservations at Elk Neck State Park, please call the reservations center at 1-888-432-2267, Monday-Friday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or online parkreservations.maryland.gov

Elk Neck State Park is located in Cecil County on a peninsula, formed by the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Elk River on the east. The park has 2,370 acres of land with varied landscapes that include marshlands, heavily wooded areas, white clay cliffs and sandy shorelines.

Elk Neck State Park is divided into four areas. The Turkey Point Lighthouse Area is located at the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula and features a trail to the historic Turkey Point Light Station and expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay. The North East Beach Area is a popular day-use area located in the western portion of the park and features a swimming area, canoe/kayak launch, picnic shelters, picnic tables and grills. The Rogues Harbor Boat Launch Facility offers public boating access to the Elk River and fishing piers. The Elk River Camping Area is located on the eastern portion of the peninsula and offers over 250 campsites, 16 cabins (nine mini/camper cabins and seven rustic cabins), a youth group camping area, park store, playground and a nature center.​


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Elk Neck State Park – Turkey Point Lighthouse Road and Parking Improvements​​

Over the years, there have been several issues and concerns related to access at the Turkey Point Lighthouse.  These include inadequate parking, illegal parking in the neighborhood, traffic backups on Turkey Point Road, and the risk of cliff erosion and slumping along the existing vehicular drive.  Over the past several years, the Department of Natural Resources has been working with consultants to evaluate the site and design improvements to address these concerns.  Based on an analysis of the site, it has been determined the best option is to move the vehicular access drive and create a parking lot closer to the lighthouse.  The project will include removing the existing road and parking lot, reconfiguring the entrance, constructing a 52-vehicle parking lot and providing handicap-accessible parking at the lighthouse itself.  Stormwater management and forest replacement is also proposed, both on-site and at Rogues Harbor.


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