Cecil County​
Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Rd
North East, MD 21901​


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Driving Directions:

Directions from Baltimore and points South:
Take I-95 North to Exit 100.
Take Exit 100 onto Rt. 272 South towards the town of North East.
Follow Rt. 272 South for 14 miles into Elk Neck State Park.

Directions from Delaware and points North:
Take I-95 South to Exit 100.
Take Exit 100 onto Rt. 272 South towards the town of North East.
Follow Rt. 272 South for approximately 14 miles into Elk Neck State Park.

Hours of Operation:

​9 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.

Pet Policy:

​Pets are allowed in the following designated areas of Elk Neck State Park:

  • Pets allowed in campground (except Bohemia, Chester, Tred Avon, and Sassafras loops, rustic cabins and the youth group camping area)
  • Pets allowed in all day-use areas, including North East River area (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area from Memorial Day weekend until after Labor Day)

Hunting Policy:

  • Archery / Muzzleloader / Shotgun hunting for deer permitted on 570 acres of designated hunting areas with daily sign-in required - Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit required
  • Waterfowl blind sites available by lottery (free WHS permit / reservation required) - Managed Hunt Permit required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters

Elk Neck State Park

Turkey Point Lighthouse at Elk NeckElk 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 boasts over 2,188 acres of varied landscapes including marshlands, heavily wooded areas, white clay cliffs, and sandy shorelines. Elk Neck opened to the public in the early 1940s with the purpose of providing recreation in the form of camping, swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking, all of which are still popular today.

2018 Events and Park Programs


Elk Neck offers white-tailed deer hunting in bow, shotgun and muzzleloader seasons. The park features five hunting areas: the Carter Property (all weapons), North East River Area (disabled hunting only using muzzleloader and shotgun), Rogues Harbor (bow only), Turkey Point (bow only), and the Campground Area (bow only). In order to hunt at Elk Neck State Park, hunters must have a valid Maryland Hunting license, a Managed Hunt Permit, and a free Central Region Public Hunting Permit. Please contact the office at 410-287-5333 for additional information. Hunters are permitted to enter 1 1/2 hours before sunrise and exit 1 1/2 hours after sunset, provided they are engaged in legitimate, authorized hunting activity.

Park Areas

Elk Neck State Park is divided into four areas:

  • Turkey Point Lighthouse is located at the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula. Sweeping views of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding land masses frame a beautiful backdrop for the Lighthouse, in addition hawks and eagles can be viewed at the Raptor Viewing Field. Parking is very limited. The Turkey Point Lighthouse parking lot, located 0.8 miles North of the lighthouse, frequently fills to capacity on weekends. The best times to visit are before 10 a.m. or after 6:30 p.m. on weekends or any time during the week; however, you may be turned away at any time if the parking area is full due to capacity.
  • North East River Area and Picnic Shelters 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.
  • 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, 15 cabins (7 mini/camper cabins and 8 rustic cabins), a youth group camping area, park store, playground, and a nature center.

Park Headquarters

ENSP_ContactStation.JPGElk Neck State Park’s Headquarters is located at 4395 Turkey Point Road (MD 272), approximately 8 miles south of the Town of North East. The office is open Monday through Friday (closed weekends and State holidays). Call 410-287-5333 if you have any questions. 

Junior Ranger Programs

Junior Rangers is a fun way for youth to connect to the natural world around them. Each session of the program will include recreational opportunities and hands-on environmental education activities like hiking, games, crafts, and more! See the 2018 Events and Park Programs above for program dates and times.


Elk Neck hikers Elk Neck State Park boasts designated trails that vary in skill level from easy to difficult. Black and white trail maps are free, and can be downloaded from the link below. Come and explore 12 scenic miles of trails. From the easy 1.5 mile round trip to Turkey Point Lighthouse to the challenging 3 mile trip to the White Clay Cliffs overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Hikers of all abilities will find an adventure.


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
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