Sandy Point State Park

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Coordinates: 39°00′55.9″N 76°23′55.7″W / 39.015528°N 76.398806°W / 39.015528; -76.398806
Sandy Point State Park
Maryland State Park
Sandy Point from Bay Bridge.jpg
Sandy Point from the Bay Bridge
Country United States
State Maryland
County Anne Arundel
Elevation 13 ft (4 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°00′55.9″N 76°23′55.7″W / 39.015528°N 76.398806°W / 39.015528; -76.398806 [1]
Area 786 acres (318 ha) [2]
Established 1952 [3]
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Location in Maryland
Website: Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park is a Maryland state park located at Sandy Point, at the western end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Anne Arundel County. The park is at the site of a former ferry landing that served the Chesapeake Bay Ferry System on its run across the bay to what is now Matapeake State Park on Kent Island.

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers a marina store and boat rentals, swimming beaches, fishing, crabbing, hiking, wildlife viewing, nature center, and picnicking. The park is adjacent to the Corcoran Tract, a forest preserve with 4 miles (6.4 km) of hiking trails. The historic Sandy Point Farmhouse, located at the park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is undergoing restoration and is not open to the public.[3]

Each January, the park hosts the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, where participants run into the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for Special Olympics.[4]

History[edit]

The park was established in 1952 with racially segregated beaches and bathhouses which lead to litigation in 1955. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the park to become integrated in Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City v. Dawson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sandy Point State Park
  2. ^ "FY2013 DNR Owned Lands Acreage Report". Maryland DNR. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Sandy Point State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Rachel. "Maryland Polar Bear Plunge ... at Sandy Point State Park". About.com. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 

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