Elk Neck State Park facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsElk Neck State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
|Location||Cecil County, Maryland, United States|
|Nearest town||North East, Maryland|
|Area||2,369 acres (9.59 km2)|
|Elevation||118 ft (36 m)|
|Designation||Maryland state park|
|Administrator||Maryland Department of Natural Resources|
|Website||Elk Neck State Park|
Elk Neck State Park is a public recreation area located between Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River near the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula in Cecil County, Maryland. The state park is home to the historic Turkey Point Light and offers land-based and water-based recreation. The park is located on MD 272, eight miles (13 km) south of the town of North East, and 13 miles (21 km) south of exit 100 on I-95. It is operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
The park had its genesis when, in 1936, naturalist Dr. William Abbott bequeathed his holdings along the Elk River to the state for use as a state park. Although he originally intended the land to be a gift to the Boy Scouts, a meeting with State Forester Fred W. Besley in 1935 persuaded Abbott to change the terms of his will. Following the state's purchase of additional acreage, the Civilian Conservation Corps created park improvements from 1937 to 1941.
Activities and amenities
- Turkey Point Lighthouse
Dating from 1833, the Turkey Point Lighthouse sits on a 100-foot (30 m) bluff overlooking the Upper Chesapeake Bay. The 35-foot (11 m) tower is a "private aid to navigation" maintained by a non-profit organization, Turkey Point Light Station, Inc., which offers weekend tours seasonally.
The park offers more than 250 campsites, rustic cabins, camper cabins, and youth group sites.
The park has 12 miles (19 km) of trails for hiking and biking.
|White Banks Trail||3 miles (4.8 km)||Difficult|
|Mauldin Mountain Loop||1.5 miles (2.4 km)||Difficult|
|Pond Loop||1 mile (1.6 km)||Moderate|
|Farm Road Trail||1 mile (1.6 km)||Moderate|
|Beaver Marsh Loop||4 miles (6.4 km)||Difficult|
|Lighthouse Trail||2 miles (3.2 km)||Easy|
|Ravines Loop||.75 miles (1.2 km)||Moderate|
- Water recreation
The park offers a swimming beach, fishing, and crabbing, plus a boat launch and launch area for canoeing and kayaking.
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