Looking for a great trail in Elk Neck State Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Elk Neck State Park ranging from 1.7 to 6.6 miles and from 29 to 278 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

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9 days ago

Nice trail with lovely views. There were trees down due to a recent storm.

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blowdown
muddy
10 days ago

fun trail. blowdowns everywhere if you’re out on a breezy day like I was be mindful of your surroundings...LOTS of widow-makers above.

Part of the trail is closed due to tornado damage. We used a few connector trails to loop back to the White Bank trail. Picked up lots of trash along the way.

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over grown
30 days ago

I really liked this hike! It isn’t very worn through and not at all paved, which I actually enjoyed. It is late December, so the trees are bare, and I’d be interested to see the trail in the spring/summer. I followed the blue blazes for a full loop, but cut off about a mile by cutting through and using the paved road for a short bit in the middle. Will definitely be hitting this one again!

Pretty easy trail and saw a good number of birds including a couple different hawks, a pair of eastern meadowlarks and a bald eagle. Got there early on a Sunday morning mid-November but seems like a popular trail and lot was full and people waiting for spots when we departed.

Easy walk to the lighthouse. Walking the loop back along the Bay was a little difficult. Many trees laying across the path. Beautiful views. Lots of traffic. Great hike.

Very beautiful view, easy access, steep hill.

so gorgeous!

Very nice trail and wide open for most of the trail. Only issue was hard to get a parking spot because it only holds about 14 cars.

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

You can get down to the water at the middle of the loop, really cool! Biting flies at the end of September.

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bridge out
4 months ago

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blowdown
over grown
4 months ago

Good walk with an excellent view

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blowdown
5 months ago

Quick 2.2 mi. We started from the connector trail on Stoney Point Rd. Nice views of the marsh from a couple of benches strategically placed. Passing the cove about half way through the hike looks like it could be tricky at high tide (lots of vines/growth), although luckily wasn’t a problem for us. Cove has lots of seaweed, so not able to swim.

Relatively easy trail though there is some elevation gain. A wonderful view at the top and birds of prey are frequently seen flying and nesting.

Tried the cemetery trail on the Mason Dixon Hiking Trail. There were lots of mosiquitos, short plants, and a tick on my husband's shorts. We gave up at that point and walked back. Beautiful green trees, though.

I only put 1 Star because drove 2 hrs to hike and ALL TRAILS CLOSED DUE TO THE TORNADO. except for lighthouse trail and beach was open. CALL B4 you come

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over grown
7 months ago

Contrary to the previous reviewer, I found this trail to be poorly marked. Thought red trailposts say “White Banks Trail,” at times there are white blazes on the trees while on trail. There should never be different colored signage on the same trail; that’s how people get lost. Moreover, the White Banks Trail leads up a short climb directly to the Mauldin Mountain Loop without a change in signage or trail markings. Lastly, what’s extremely disappoint is that there is no connecting trail between the Turkey Point Lighthouse and the White Banks trail because in between is private property. The Turkey Point trail has a minimal parking area and there is no overflow lot, and even though SR 272 leads directly through to Turkey Point, there are threats of towing and trespassing signs along the road. This is a state road. p.s. There is a $3 charge to get to the North Beach area but not the Mauldin Mountain area.

The White Banks Trail is a 3 mile one-way trail from the Rogues Harbor Boating Area to the North East Brach Area. Parking for both areas is inside the fee area. If you aren't planning to use the boat launch or swim, then you'd be better off parking on the Mauldin Mountain loop. You can access the trail by connectors. The trail and connectors are well marked. The view from the scenic overlook is amazing. A bald eagle flew past just as we stopped to take a look. The narrow trail switches back from the river and up over the bluffs. Moderate for hikers; difficult for bikers.

Trail map as shown here is not accurate. Also no lighthouse.

I camped at the park and did this trail over Memorial Weekend and it was well worth it. Its a nice walk and there are a few steep inclines but the views at the top were well worth it. I would highly recommend bringing a camera to take plenty of pictures. The trail was in suprisingly good shape considering there was a massive thunderstorm the night before. There were a few places coming off the beach that weren't the greatest, it can get very swampy and crossing some of those places wasn't fun, but I'll definately do this trail again if I'm in the area.

This trail was definitely worth my random excursion I decided to take the third weekend in May. The mountain laurel flowers were in full bloom which added to the lush beautifulness of the trail. We saw many of wild life including Osprey, bald eagles, a beaver dam, turtles, skinks, a pileated woodpecker and butterflies. The trail was pretty easy meandering through the woods and sometimes getting close enough to the marsh to take a peak at it. The part that divides the marsh from the river/bay is a little sketchy. At first I didn’t know if we could cross it because it’s just a rocky median that’s very narrow but it takes you quickly to a clay colored beach that’s beautiful and then loops you at the end of the beach back behind the camp sites. Definitely an adventure worth checking out. We only saw a family with small kids while hiking and two girls walking their dog on a Saturday so it’s pretty serene and quite.

This was a nice walk in the woods. The park classifies this as a difficult trail but I'd consider it an easy side of moderate. You do get to see a lot of mountain laurel and if you pay attention and look closely you can see a very large beaver dam.

Lived locally my entire life and never realized what awesome trails were this close - beautiful this time of year!

It started to get dark and got off the trail somehow and got lost, I tried to use my map to get out of there but the signal was weak and ended up up dropping it so.ewhere out there now on a mission to get it back wish me luck.

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.

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Fri Jan 11 2019

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

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