Elk Neck State Park

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Elk Neck State Park
Maryland State Park
Turkey Point Lighthouse.jpg
Country United States
State Maryland
County Cecil
Elevation 118 ft (36 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°29′04″N 75°58′59″W / 39.48444°N 75.98306°W / 39.48444; -75.98306Coordinates: 39°29′04″N 75°58′59″W / 39.48444°N 75.98306°W / 39.48444; -75.98306 [1]
Area 2,191 acres (887 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Nearest city North East, Maryland
Location in Maryland
Website: Elk Neck State Park

Elk Neck State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area at the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula in Cecil County, Maryland. The state park offers both land- and water-based recreation, with shoreline on both Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River, and is home to the historic Turkey Point Light.[3] It is located on MD 272, eight miles (13 km) south of the town of North East, and 13 miles (21 km) south of exit 100 on I-95.

Features, activities and amenities[edit]

The park is part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion, with a landscape characterized by deep forests, bluffs, beaches, and marshlands.[4]

Turkey Point Lighthouse

Dating from 1833, the Turkey Point Lighthouse sits on a 100-foot (30 m) bluff overlooking the Upper Chesapeake Bay. The 35-foot (11 m) tower is a "private aid to navigation" maintained by a non-profit organization, Turkey Point Light Station, Inc., which offers weekend tours seasonally.[5]


The park offers more than 250 campsites, rustic cabins, camper cabins, and youth group sites.[6]


The park has 12 miles (19 km) of trails for hiking and biking.[7]

Trail Name Length Difficulty
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
Water recreation

The park offers a swimming beach, fishing, and crabbing, plus a boat launch and launch area for canoeing and kayaking.[8][9]

In popular culture[edit]

The park was used as a filming location for the 1997 Clint Eastwood movie Absolute Power. The park was also the setting of an episode of the NBC series Hannibal.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b "Elk Neck State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Fiscal Year 2014 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. December 18, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Elk Neck State Park". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Olson, D.M.; Dinerstein, E.; et al. (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience. 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. 
  5. ^ Duvall, Mike W. "History: Turkey Point Light Station". Turkey Point Light Station, Inc. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Elk Neck River Camping Area". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Elk Neck Trails" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ "North East Beach Area and Picnic Shelters". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Rogues Harbor Boat Launch Facility". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Absolute Power (1997) Filming Locations". IMDB. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Absolute Power (1997)". Movie Tourist. August 26, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 

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