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

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The Turkey Point Lighthouse Area is closed for road and parking improvements. No public access to the area during construction. Project completion expected Spring 2025. To learn more click here​.

2024 Camping Season

  • Choptank, Elk, Miles, Chester, Tred Avon & Youth Group loops will close for the season October 27.
  • Wye, Susquehanna, and Bohemia loops will be open daily until September 2. From September 2 to October 27,​ these loops will be open Friday and Saturday nights only.
  • North East Loop is not impacted by construction and will remain open year-round.
  • Rustic Cabins closed.

2025 Camping Season

  • North East Loop open year-round​
  • Miles Loop is open on weekends.
  • All other loops closed.
  • Rustic Cabins closed.

During the 2025 camping season, the park will undergo major improvements to include replacement of eight rustic cabins, restoration of a CCC-era cabin, and renovation of five bathhouses within the campground.

Click here to learn more Rustic Cabin Loop.

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


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.​


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

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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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