DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
This will be a brisk 12 to 14 mile hike with nice views of the Elk and North East Rivers. This hike will be a combination of marked trails, bushwacking, and some beach walking along the Elk River on our way to the Turkey Point lighthouse and overlook. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Park and Ride at 896 and Route 4 (across route 4 from the UD Stadium) by 8:15 a.m. to carpool or meet at Park Office at ENSP, ready to hike by 9:00 a.m. Call leader if you want to meet us at ENSP
WHERE: Elk Neck State Park – Park Office
EXACT COORDINATES: 39.484017, -75.983159
NEAREST ADDRESS: 4395 Turkey Point Rd North East, MD
Elk Neck State Park – Park Office 4395 Turkey Point Rd North East, MD
From US-40 at the DE/MD state line. Proceed west on US-40 for 4.2 mi. Turn left onto Old Elk Neck Rd & proceed 8.7 mi. You will pass the State Forest. At the dead-end, turn left onto MD-272 (Turkey Point Rd) south and proceed 3.0 mi. Turn left on Campground Rd and proceed 0.2 mi. The parking lot will be on the right.
This is one of the tracts of the State PARK, not the State FOREST! Elk Neck State Forest and Elk Neck State Park are very often confused. The State Forest’s area is much larger, with the main tract running all the way between Elkton and North East, MD. It has a climbable wooden lookout tower. The State Park is past the Forest and further from Delaware. At its farthest section, it has a white lighthouse on a 120 foot bluff, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.