Elk Neck State Park Beach

Elk Neck State Park beach
Beach at Elk Neck State Park

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.

North East Beach area of Elk Neck State Park
North East Beach, the swimming area of Elk Neck State Park, is at the bottom of a grassy hill-side amphitheater

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.

Elk Neck State Park beach picnic area
Shaded picnic area near the beach

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.



Elk Neck State Park beach
Side beach area, away from the main swimming beach, used for kayak & canoe launch
Elk Neck State Park beach bathhouse
North East Beach Bathhouse at Elk Neck State Park
Elk Neck State Park beach playground
Playground at Elk Neck State Park’s beach


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