Point Lookout State Park

ALERT: Point Lookout State Park's beaches and fishing pier have reopened to the public. To encourage social distancing, there will be no night fishing permitted at the park. The Beach is swim at your own risk, there are no lifeguards currently on duty. Please visit parkreservations.maryland.gov​ for updated information regarding camping at Point Lookout.

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Contact: ​301-872-5688​​
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Park Headquarters
Point Lookout State Park
11175 Point Lookout Road
Scotland, MD 20687

Park Headquarters Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (April 1st until October 31st)
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday (November 1st until March 31st)

Hours of Operation

7 a.m - Sunset (May through September)
Special weekend hours (6 a.m. - Sunset)
apply for weekends/holidays between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.
8 a.m. - Sunset (October through April)

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This park's peaceful surroundings on a peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River in St. Mary's County belie its history as the location of a camp which imprisoned as many as 52,264 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. A museum on site recounts this vivid history. A park map is available at park headquarters, the camp office, camp store and the Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center. The Point Lookout Lighthouse is currently closed for renovations.

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PLO_Re-enactors.pngBlue and Gray Days

The earth works of a Civil War fortification still exist on the river shore near Cornfield Harbor. The barracks and officer quarters of the Fort and a portion of the prison pen have been recreated by the Friends of Point Lookout and are the focus of Living History weekends each year.

Point Lookout sponsors historic programs and demonstrations throughout the year. Contact the park for a current schedule of historic programs.

Popular annual festivities include:

  • April-- Park Days -- Join the Friends of Point Lookout as they work to maintain one of the only remaining earthen-walled Civil War fortifications remaining in Maryland.
  • June-- Blue and Gray Days -- Featuring artillery and infantry demonstrations, dress parade and evening programs in Civil War Fort #3.
  • September-- Artillery Weekend -- Living history volunteers show the different styles of artillery that were used during the Civil War.
  • October-- Invasion of Point Lookout -- Living history volunteers will shed light on Point Lookout’s importance during the War of 1812. Artillery and infantry demonstrations will take place throughout the event.