If, like me, you’ve been ignoring the state of Maryland because you assume it’s just too far away for a day trip, I am here to report that it’s not! Not at all. In fact, this beautiful state park is just 75 minutes down I95.
Elk Neck State Park is sandwiched between the northernmost end of the Chesapeake Bay to the west, and the Elk River to the east. There’s a beautiful rocky shoreline to walk, here, and some impressive cliffs made of white clay. No, really. Clay cliffs. When I read that particular tidbit in the trail description I was prepared to be unimpressed, but it’s legit—there are huge cliffs along the Chesapeake. If you hike the shoreline beneath them, you’ll find gobs of actual clay that have eroded down the cliffside.
I’ve only explored a part of this park, but there’s also a lighthouse at the very southern tip, plus lots of camping, boating, swimming, and other outdoor facilities.
Last updated: December 28 2017