Cliff-side views of the Chesapeake Bay, lighthouses, and a walk through the woods, the hike to Turkey Point Lighthouse has it all.
As have several other state parks in Maryland, Elk Neck State Park was the result of the generosity of a major landholder. In 1936, naturalist Dr. William Abbott bequeathed his holdings along the Elk River to the state for use as a state park. Located between Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River near the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula in Cecil County, MD, the park as 12 miles of trails, used for both hiking and mountain biking.
The hike takes you down an old road bed, past the hawk viewing area, to Turkey Point Lighthouse, a 35-foot tower built in 1833. There used to be a keepers house, completed in 1889, but that fell into ruin and was finally torn down in 1972.
|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|
Getting there: 4395 Turkey Point Rd, North East, MD 21901
Dogs: a perfect place for them!
Hours: dawn to dusk