Nestled on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River, Elk Neck State Park offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts. Located 10 miles south of the town of North East, this pretty peninsula boasts sandy beaches, striking white cliffs, dense woodland, and enough recreational opportunities to keep even the most active of campers happy.
Hiking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and more are all on offer here, while RV travelers can take their pick of 50 campsites. The park is divided into four distinct areas, each of which offers its own unique activities and attractions.
So if you'd like to camp a while in Elk Neck State Park and enjoy some of the best natural scenery anywhere in Maryland, book an RV in Cecil County and start dreaming of your next RV adventure.
Elk Neck State Park covers 2,370 acres across four areas:
- Turkey Point Lighthouse. Found at the peninsula's southern tip, this area is home to a historic lighthouse that was built in 1833. Sitting atop a 100-foot bluff, the lighthouse offers spectacular views of the river and Chesapeake Bay. The views alone will be enough to have you reaching for your camera, while bird enthusiasts will relish the chance to watch hawks and eagles soaring through the sky at the Raptor Viewing Field.
- North East Beach Area and Picnic Shelters. This day-use area is found in the western area of Elk Neck State Park and is the place to go if you want to indulge in any water sports. Swimmers looking to escape the summer heat can enjoy easy access to the Chesapeake Bay's Susquehanna Flats, while there's also a launching area for people wanting to take to the water on a canoe or kayak. Picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and cold showers complete the list of facilities here.
- Rogues Harbor Boat Launch Facility. If you want to launch a boat on the Elk River, Rogues Harbor is an easy place to do it. Two fishing piers are also provided here if you'd like to cast a line without leaving dry land, with bass the main species targeted. Hikers are also well catered for with easy access to the four-mile Beaver Marsh Trail and the three-mile White Banks Trail, both of which offer challenging treks through the woods and marshlands of the park.
- Elk River Camping Area. We'll discuss the facilities in the Elk River Camping Area in more detail in the next section, but this campground is found in the eastern area of the park and also features a nature center, park store, and kids' playground.
Camping at Elk Neck State Park
If you want to spend a few days RV camping at Elk Neck State Park, you're in luck. The campground here features a total of 250 campsites, 50 of which are designed for RVs.
These RV sites are set around two camping loops, with each loop boasting its own centrally located bathhouse that features hot showers and flush toilets.
- North East Camping Loop. Located near the park store, this loop features 28 sites with electric (20-, 30-, and 50-amp), water, and sewer hookups. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, grill, and lantern post, and leashed pets are permitted in this part of the campground.
- Chester Camping Loop. Located a short walk away from the nature center, this loop has 22 sites with electric (20-, 30-, and 50-amp) hookups. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, grill, and lantern post, but pets are not permitted in the Chester Camping Loop.
The remaining 200 sites are standard tent sites and are spread around six loops. The campground also features four large sites for youth groups, and 19 cabins for travelers who want a few more creature comforts during their stay.
Exploring the Area
When you book an RV rental near Elk Neck State Park, you don't have to limit yourself to just exploring the park itself. There are plenty of other great attractions worth visiting close by, and many of them are less than an hour's drive away.
Susquehanna State Park, with its beautiful river frontage and excellent opportunities for fishing and boating, is just over half an hour away. If you'd like to get up close and personal with all manner of rare and exotic animals, Plumpton Park Zoo is around 20 miles north in Rising Sun. And if you'd prefer to head for a major center, you could be exploring the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington or the many wineries and breweries of the Brandywine Valley in around 45 minutes.
No matter whether you want beautiful natural scenery, cultural attractions, fascinating history, or gourmet food and wine experiences, you won't have to go too far to find what you're looking for.