Elk Neck State Park has 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands and wooded bluffs overlooking the North East River, Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. The swimming beach takes up about 500 feet of that waterfront.4395 Turkey Point Rd, North East, MD 21901
Directions: Take I-95 to 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.
The Elk Neck State Park Beach is at the bottom of a natural, grass-covered amphitheater with one lone tree toward the bottom. It provides a large, sunny, grassy area to spread out towels and blankets with a great view of the Bay. At the bottom, the beach is wide open for those who prefer to lay flat on sand.
The beach, officially called North East Beach,is located on the Chesapeake Bay and is shallow for a distance out. There is no lifeguard.
There’s a sandy canoe and kayak launch area just north of the swimming area. Dogs are allowed in the North East Beach area, except for the sandy portion of the swimming area.
On top of the hill is a restroom with showers and a seasonal convenience store selling cold drinks, snacks, ice cream, sunscreen souvenirs and beach supplies.
On the hill, and under trees around the beach, you’ll find more than 25 picnic tables and some grills. A large playground is on top of the hill, by one of the large parking lots. The main shaded picnic area is along side the other large parking lot. There are pavilions, but they’re available by rental only.
There is a fee to get into the beach: $3 per person for in-state vehicles, $5 per person for out-of-state vehicles.