Explore the most popular trails in Elk Neck State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Elk Neck is your year-round, travel destination to connect with the vast landscapes and waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The park boasts 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands, and heavily wooded bluffs overlooking the North East River, the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. As a result, there are several journeys you can take while in the park.

Overall a fairly easy hike. The trail is a bit up/down and narrow at times so I could see this as being more moderate in the warmer months when things are overgrown. The view on the beach is spectacular though and truly is the highlight of the hike. I would be prepared to get your feet at least a little wet at this part depending on the time of day.

A nice hike along the water. A few inclines but a fairly easy hike. Beautiful views at the lighthouse and inside of it.

The winding trail and the tree “obstacles” kept this hike interesting. We didn’t see any beavers but lots of cool looking uprooted trees. And the final beach at the end was super cool. Our dog sprinted back and forth when we got there :)

Not much of a hike but if you are visiting the park this is a fun stop and a great overlook of the Chesapeake.

Great Trail! Nice Views of the Bay!

This hike was a nice walk around a marsh. It was very peaceful and my dog loved it. It is not very hilly and I would recommend it to anyone.

Lovely hike around a beautiful marsh full of life. Fall colors and the sun peaking through the canopy made for a nice scenic short hike. Interesting pathways with many large fallen trees. Turn right at the beach and feast your eyes on a great view of the Chesapeake. Well marked trail.
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Hiked the lighthouse trail(not to the actual lighthouse, that is at the end of the peninsula) which is roughly 2.5 miles. Easy hike, but nothing to write home about. Stay in trail, as hunters abound.

A nice and easy walk to the lighthouse- our dog loved running through the tall grass!

Very easy, all stone road trail. Plenty of deer when I went. Nice views from the lighthouse cliff. Head left when you leave (if you are facing the treeline) through the mowed grass path to a trail leading to a nice, lower view of the water. This trail leads back to the main rocky trail that you come in on. Parking may be scarce depending on when you go (not bad mid September). Nice easy trail that almost anybody could do

Got a heck of a rash going on, presumably from this trail, but not 100% sure (looks like poison ivy). Went through probably 100 spider webs in total. Like others have said, overall the trail was not bad until the end. I could not tell where to go. Water was up high on beach and beach was littered with logs and wood so could not really see a solid direction to go. Made the decision to head down the beach since that seemed the most logical way since that's where the trail began. It is meant to go that way but due to the water and driftwood had to step into some water to get up the rocks to the end of the trail. Runs parallel to a campground with bathhouses (at least that's what they looked like) if you had to use the bathroom, etc. Maybe more difficult when campers are present as you may have to go near someones campsite. Few rather large downed trees still. If you have limited mobility this is something to consider. Large beaver dam in the middle of the marsh. Saw quite a few deer that were happy to stop and stare at me for a minute or two. Mosquitoes were not bad l, just the spiders.

Great trail for walking my dog. Just check for ticks after you get out of the woods.

Amazing views and cool birds and bugs to see!

Great kinda trail for multi age families, very easy and clean and beautiful scenery

Moderate trail, couple nice views.

Very easy trail, nice spot to sit and have a picnic.

hiking
9 months ago

Went on this today and did the White Banks Trail which was almost 7 miles total. It was really very beautiful, there was lots of winding sections and the whole thing was in the shade. Make sure you have tick repellent with you as they are out already. Even with tick repellent I did get one on me, so check yourself. Overall it was very beautiful and I would recommend it. If it is a warm enough day then you can hit the swimming area when your done for a good place to cool off.

Absolutely love this trail! It is my sanity.

Love this little hike with the family and dogs.

Very easy trail, kids enjoyed it and had a nice picnic at the light house.

I'd call this a easy moderate trail, scenic views of the marsh and Big Elk Creek. I wore sneakers but probably should have worn my hiking boots, I was fine without poles. Wear insect repellent, there are a lot of mosquitoes, ticks and spiders.

hiking
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Nice hike and trail is fairly well maintained. There were two places that I paused to figure out the trail path, but the snow may have had something to do with that. Talk about snow, caution, this trail is VERY VERY slippery today due to the snow and the wet leaves. Make sure you hike on a low tide due to the beach walk.

hiking
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Very easy walk on the main trail to the Lighthouse and a great view. I took the loop which was a little more effort. I told the Ranger of falling trees on the loop path.

mountain biking
Friday, December 01, 2017

Nice little park, kids enjoyed it.

walking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

We liked this trail. We went with our sons (12,15) The footing was a little rough and lots of downed trees along the trail. The only issue we had was figuring out where it ended. It was well marked up until that point. Fortunately, we ran into a couple and followed them. So if you do the trail and come to the beach, hang a right and the trail goes behind the cattails.

hiking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Easy gravel trail up to the lighthouse with a great view of the bay. A more woodsy trail loops around to the top too. Can get busy on a nice weekend and the parking lot is small, so you might have to wait to get a space.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The more woodsy paths were barely kept up a lot of fallen trees. Sometimes you couldn't even tell if you were on the paths in the woods. I don't mind the out doors and bugs etc, but I've never been hiking on a path with so many damn spider webs haha.

hiking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A nice, quick hike.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Very easy trail.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great time all shaded trail. Great state park.

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