Elk Neck State Park, Maryland: An Ultimate Guide for an Unforgettable Trip

Oct 25, 2020 02:00 PM

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Tripboba.com - Located in Cecil County on a peninsula, Elk Neck State Park is created by the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Elk River on the east. The park has 2,370 acres of land, including 250 campsites, four sites for youth groups, and 15 cabins.

Are you ready to visit Elk Neck State Park? Before your visit, read this guide to learn all the important things about Elk Neck State Park!

Elk Neck State Park Camping

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Elk Neck State Park has 250 campsites, four sites for youth groups, five mini cabins for four guests, four camper cabins for six people, and six rustic cabins. From Memorial Day to Labour Day, the park store will be operated on weekends. There will always be firewood sold.

General Rules and Important Information:

  • In the camping area, no alcohol is permitted.
  • At each site, a maximum of six people can camp.
  • All camping equipment must be set up on the tent pad.
  • Vehicles must remain on marked parking areas/driveways.
  • Visitors must pay the regular day-use fee and have to leave the campground by 10 p.m.
  • Quiet hours: from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m.
  • Check-in time: 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
  • Check-out times: 11 a.m. for cabins and 1 p.m. for campsites

A fire ring with a grill on top, a picnic table, and a lantern post is provided for all campsites. There is a central bathhouse in each camping loop with hot running water for showers. Generator Policy: During the established quiet hours (10 p.m. to 7 a.m.), generators' operation is prohibited.

Nature Center

Learn more about Elk Neck's natural and cultural past by visiting the nature center in the park. See live animals, exhibits of local heritage, and hands-on experiences for all ages. In the spring, summer, and autumn, naturalists deliver programs including canoe adventures, campfire events, reptile displays, and Guided Hikes.

Things to Do and See

  • Explore flora and fauna of Elk Neck State Park at the nature center
  • Visit the park shop
  • Enjoy the many playgrounds

Pets

In the camping loops situated along Stony Point Road, pets on leashes are welcome: Choptank, Elk, Miles, North East, Susquehanna, and Wye.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Elk Neck State Park Beach

Photo by Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Flickr

Swimming access to the Susquehanna Flats of the Chesapeake Bay is provided by the North East Beach District. There is also a hand-launch zone for canoes and kayaks, just north of the swimming area.

The shallow access to water is unguarded. There are also picnic tables, grills, and a bathroom with cold showers in the area. Please notice that there are trash-free Maryland State Parks. When you leave, you better take all of your garbage with you.

Hours

The North East Beach Area opens at 9 a.m. and closes at sunset. By sunset, all guests must leave the parking lots.

Directions

Follow Route 272 South, 1/3 mile past park headquarters, turn right onto North East Beach Road.

Things to See and Do

  • Launch canoes or kayaks by hand
  • Swim within the designated swimming area (marked by buoys from April to October)
  • Picnic

Pets

Except for the sandy part of the swimming beach area from Memorial Day Weekend until after Labor Day, pets on leashes are allowed in this area.

Elk Neck State Park Shooting Range

Photo by Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Flickr 

Elk Neck State Forest is an estimated 3,571-acre parcel of land composed of four different land tracts, located in central Cecil County. Whether you want to do hunting, camping, horseback riding, and mountain biking, the Elk Neck State Forest is open to the public.

There are also bow, handgun, shotgun, and rifle shooting ranges open to the public. Permits are accessed from a self-service honor system located at the Maintenance Complex.

  • The maximum shooting capacity for the shooting ranges is 6 persons.
  • The maximum total occupancy of guests for each shooting range pavilion will be 10 people.
  • Visitors must stay in the parking area if both the pavilions and the waiting area are at capacity.
  • Individual groups of visitors may not exceed 10 persons.
  • You will be invited to verify the availability of shooting stations or waiting rooms before the daily admission payment. To use the ranges, you must already have a valid regular permit.

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