North Point State Park is located in Baltimore County on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and is surrounded by beautiful and fascinating natural and historical resources. It consists of 1,310 acres off North Point Road in Edgemere.
The Defenders Trail was used during the War of 1812 and passes through the park. North Point was also the site of the Bay Shore Amusement Park, a popular destination for summer visitors from 1906 through 1947. Visitors can see the original trolley station and fountain that have been restored. The trolley station is now used as a park pavilion and is a popular destination for special events. It can be reserved by calling the DNR statewide reservation system at 1-888-432-2267 (CAMP).
North Point is rich in natural beauty. Come see how Mother Nature reclaimed the land where the amusement park once stood. The park has scenic views overlooking the water, a water accessible area, a fishing pier and hiking trails that lead you around the park and through protected Wildlands.
Please be respectful to others and take your trash with you. Alcohol is not permitted (except in chargeable areas with a permit).
Effective October 21, 2013 the Bay Shore Pier, (also known as the Crystal Pier) and adjacent waterfront will be closed due to construction. The nearby wooden fishing pier will remain open as an alternative. It is anticipated that the project will be completed, and the pier will reopen in spring of 2014. Call the park office at 410-592-2897 for more information.
8 a.m. – Sunset (closed Christmas Day)
Learn more about programs offered at North Point State Park by reading the Gunpowder Currents Newsletter.
Park entrance fees are as follows:
Weekends and holidays, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: $4 per-vehicle for Maryland residents, and $6 per-vehicle for non-Maryland residents.
Summer weekdays and weekends after Labor Day and before Memorial Day weekend: $3 per-vehicle service for Maryland residents, and $5 per-vehicle for non-Maryland residents. *Service Charges are subject to change. Call 410-477-0757 to confirm.
Buses are $10 and require a reservation.
Patrons who leave the park are required to pay again to re-enter.
Senior citizens aged 62 and older are eligible for a $10 lifetime Golden Age Pass.
North Point is known to fill to capacity on summer weekends and especially holidays. All visitors will be turned away if the park fills to capacity. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early and carpool if possible. The main parking lot also fills to capacity often. Alternative parking near the park entrance is usually available, but be prepared to walk about 1.5 miles.
North Point features an unguarded waterfront that is open to waders and swimmers. Waders and swimmers can enter the water at their own risk. There are no lifeguards at North Point State Park.
Picnic tables and grills are available on a first come-first serve basis. The Trolley Station and bay-front gazebo are also available for rent. See details below.
Trolley Station Pavilion:
The Trolley Station pavilion is available for rental May 1st through September 30th. Reservations will be taken through the statewide -reservation system Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. To make a reservation, please call 1-888-432-2267. Payment for the reservation will be made through the reservation system. Patrons renting the Trolley Station will be required to pay the park entrance fee.
The service charge for the pavilion is according to the following schedule:
- Up to 100 people: $125.00
- 101-150 people: $175.00
- 151-200 people: $225.00
- 201-250 people: $300.00
The North Point State Park Volunteers maintain and rent out a small bay-front gazebo. It seats up to 30 people, and can be rented for the day for $40 by calling 410-477-0757. Patrons renting the gazebo will be required to pay the park entrance fee.
Pets are permitted in North Point State Park, except in the “developed area” from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. The “developed area” includes the wading beach, picnic areas, main parking lot (or parking lot B), visitor center, gazebo, trolley station, water fountain and fishing piers.
Takos Visitor Center
The Takos Visitor Center at North Point sits where the Bay Shore Park Restaurant once stood. Completed in 2002, this beautiful facility resembles the structures once found in Bay Shore Park and boasts nature and history-themed exhibits, a science classroom, a large conference room, and public restrooms.
The building was named after Steve Takos, a volunteer who spearheaded the renovation efforts in the park. Hours are Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The park features several miles of well-marked and relatively level trails.
Bikes are welcome throughout much of the park, except in the Wildlands Area.
North Point features two fishing piers (including the 1,000 foot Crystal Pier) and a long shoreline that present good fishing opportunities. Anglers ages 16 and older are required to possess a Maryland Tidal Fishing License.
The gazebo, fishing piers, trolley station, fountain, and Takos Visitor’s Center are accessible. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
Black Marsh Wildlands
Over half of the park (667 acres) has received legislative protection as State Wildlands. Bicycles are prohibited in the Wildlands. The Wildlands (along with the park’s Wetlands area) provide opportunities to observe local birds and wildlife including: muskrats, beavers, foxes, otters, osprey, great blue herons and bald eagles.
North Point has been continuously farmed for almost 350 years, with evidence of human occupation dating back almost 9,000 years. During the War of 1812, local militia skirmished with British troops seeking to invade Baltimore. The British route to Baltimore passed through the present-day park and is known today as the "Defenders Trail."
During the first half of the 20th-century, a small part of the park was the site of the Bay Shore Amusement Park. Built in 1906, Bay Shore was a bustling and attractive park offering recreation and relaxation in a setting of gardens, pathways and Edwardian architecture. The park included a dance hall, bowling alley, restaurant and a 1000-ft. pier jutting out into the Bay. Bay Shore Park was accessible by trolley from Baltimore.
Bay Shore Park was demolished in the late-1940s when Bethlehem Steel bought the land. The property was acquired by DNR in 1987 to provide resource protection and limited access to the Bay.
North Point State Park Volunteers
The North Point Volunteers sponsor numerous activities throughout the year, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day clean-up, and the Youth Fishing Derby. Their volunteers have restored and continue to maintain the fountain that was a centerpiece of the old Bay Shore Park. For more information, contact park headquarters or stop by the North Point Visitor Center during open hours, or visit their website at: www.northpointstatepark.net
Location - North Point State Park is located in Baltimore County near the town of Edgemere.
Directions from North Baltimore:
Take Baltimore Beltway 695-south towards Essex/Key Bridge. Follow 695 to Exit 42 (151 Sparrows Point/North Point Boulevard). Exit and bear right onto 151 South to first light. Make left onto North Point Road (Route 20). Follow through Edgemere for 2 miles to North Point State Park on left.
Directions from South Baltimore:
Take Baltimore Beltway 695 North towards Glen Burnie/Key Bridge. Follow 695 over Key Bridge to Exit 43 (Bethlehem Boulevard/Sparrows Point). Get off at Exit 43 and make left at first blinking light (Bethlehem Boulevard). Follow Bethlehem Boulevard/158 East for one mile to North Point Boulevard. Cross over North Point Boulevard onto North Point Road. Follow North Point Road through Edgemere for 2 miles to park on left.
North Point State Park
8400 North Point Road
Edgemere, MD 21219
Contact North Point
Phone: (410) 477-0757
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. to Sunset
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us