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North Point State Park is located in Baltimore County on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and is surrounded by beautiful and fascinating natural and historical resources. It consists of 1,310 acres off Old North Point Road in Edgemere. The Defenders Trail was used during the War of 1812 and passes through the park (see the park map). North Point was also the site of the historical Bay Shore Amusement Park, a popular destination for summer visitors from 1906 until it closed in 1947. Visitors can see the original trolley shelter (right) and fountain that have been restored. The trolley shelter is now a popular destination for special events and can be reserved by calling the visitor center. North Point is rich in natural beauty. Come see how Mother Nature reclaimed the land where the amusement park once stood. The park has scenic views overlooking the water, a wading beach, a fishing pier and hiking trails that lead you around the park and through protected wildlands.

Definitely one of Maryland’s best trails. The walkways are well maintained and clearly labeled with signs. There are lovely view points (the marshland, many bay views, lovely forest views). Overall, this trial has made my top five in Maryland.

November and it was 75 degrees out. Great day for a hike down by the waterfront. I have a 4 mile hiking pattern worked out and I see wildlife all the time. The deer are very spooked so you need to have your camera ready. Lots of people walking their dogs today and a great day it was. Flies were a problem but that was because the tide was out so you need to keep moving. They only bugged me when I stopped by the water. The bay looked like glass all morning then I had to remove my sweatshirt before noon time.

I wasn't able to do the whole road because I had my bulldog with me. We paid $3 to park at North Point State Park, walked to the beginning of this trail, explored the cemetery, and went about a mile further before we turned around. Stretches have no tree cover so it gets really hot. It was a nice alternative to the trails in North Point but I will probably wait for cooler temps before I do it again.

Unless you are into military history, I found nothing spectacular here. Unmarked paved walkways, broken picnic tables, graffiti, and liter. Not well maintained. Would be nice to bring a child just learning to ride a bicycle, or a casual stroll - if it were cleaned up.

Growing up in this area was great and it seem as though nothing ever changes except for a bunch of new homes. The main town of Edgemere still only has one traffic light. What is being called the Haul Road Trail is a under statement. Growing up in this town, we called it the road to no-where because it had been there forever and was never completed for cars or a train. It wasn't until Sparrow Point Steel Mill decide to create the section of road that runs through the farm and into the area we called Bay Shore Park which is now called North Point State Park. The haul road was only use for a very short time then it went back to being the same. ( The Road To No Where. ) I am glad to see it's still here and it's part of a great trail system of North Point State Park. Re-live history and check this area out.

Nice trail!!