Turkey Point Lighthouse Trail

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Turkey Point Lighthouse Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North East, Maryland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles
187 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



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This hike takes visitors to The 35-foot Turkey Point Lighthouse which sits atop a 100-foot bluff overlooking the Upper Chesapeake Bay. The tower dates to 1833 and is opened for park visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am - 4pm, Easter weekend through mid November.

3 months ago

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
3 months ago

Nice little park, kids enjoyed it.

4 months ago

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.

6 months ago

A nice, quick hike.

7 months ago

Very easy trail.

9 months ago

GREAT hike. Very easy, as it follows a paved road and dirt path directly to the lighthouse.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Easy walk and great views along the way, parking is an issue. Not enough parking and everyone parking illegally got a ticket, better get there early. Very nice spot out at the lighthouse, very peaceful until the drone Air Force showed up. Noisy little buggers. MD Park Service should not allow.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Was a cute and great little trail. Was muddy so I didn't get to bring my dog, but it was very foggy when we went so it was super cool seeing everything look very eerie! Great and recommend for people first starting out!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Great walk for those starting out hiking. Path is clear and mostly flat with beautiful views at the end. Bring a lunch and a great camera. a little less than 2 miles, a few hills.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Easy in and out, cool view. Type of hike you can do anytime and could bring a good book or lunch.

Monday, October 03, 2016

great easy walk took the Dog's. Great View

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nice easy hike. Views are awesome.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nice trails to do with the kids.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

It was a nice walk out to the light house!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wide open trail. Easy and big reward at the end!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

It was a nice very straightforward trail on a gravel path along the cliff side of the park. Half of it is shaded by the canopy of trees.

My wife and I walked it with our dog and a baby in a running stroller.

The parking lot at the entrance is small, maybe space for 15 cars. When we arrived it was full, but one care had just pulled out.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

This is a beautiful spot! As another reviewer said, when you're getting close it seems like you're not going the right way because you're in a little neighborhood. We took Mason in and it's a tiny one lane road with awesome houses overlooking the water but I felt like it was going to dead end into someone's property. We took the other road (forget the name) out which was easier.
Once you're in the park you follow a wide, well maintained, stone trail. This trail is easy, goes straight to the lighthouse, and definitely all levels even for those with mobility issues. As you follow the stone path you'll come to a fork. If you veer to the right and follow the mowed grass trail it will take you along the water. There are overlooks and a rocky beach spot that our dog loved. You can continue through the wooded trail right to the lighthouse. It's not a difficult hike but there are lots of steep drops and the trail gets narrow.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Easy, but very scenic. Nearly 360 degrees of sheer cliffs for viewing pleasure.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Friday, March 11, 2016

Did some "off trail" exploring

Sunday, February 07, 2016

It took us two separate tries to actually find the parking place/where to go because we were certain we were going the wrong way the first time so we went a more "obvious" route and found other nice things but not the lighthouse trail. The second time around we stuck to our guns and actually got there, you will think you're going to the wrong place your first time because of the drive through the town and you feel you are invading on them but you're going the right way. There are only about ten parking spaces, I can't imagine what they do during nice weather for parking. We went on a very windy cold day and were the only ones parked. We saw a few park rangers before starting on the trail that confirmed bald eagles and I was told it was a 1.5 mile hike to the lighthouse. We ran in to two locals who were friendly and two hunters otherwise we were the only people the whole time which was nice. There is a place called Hawk Watch about 3/4th the way up to the lighthouse which is where we saw the bald eagles. This is a nice and easy hike with some beautiful views but again, I imagine during nice weather it's too packed too enjoy.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Perfect distance and ample scenery to easily coach kids who are taking thier first backpacking treks under load.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nice short walk!

Monday, January 27, 2014

I've hiked this trail twice- once in the spring/summer with the family (wife & three small kids) and once today, a snowy late January day, by myself. This is a very easy trail, with lovely views of the river and bay, and lots of local wildlife (saw many deer and small birds today). Only downside is that I think it took me longer to drive here than to hike it, and I live locally. Great weather, great views, and an easy trail make this a must see.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Fantastic trail! Always a must see for family and friends from out of state.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Great for the whole family. Great views. Bring a camera and your binos. Wildlife galore.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Drove here from Lancaster, PA when I was living there. It was great to get to the bay in a location I'd never heard of before. Not really much of a "hike" but more of a nice place to look around for a few hours. The town of Northeast also has some yummy little places to eat!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Very pretty, especially once you get to the lighthouse. Easy trail, flat for the most part. The trailhead has some really great scenery too!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I've been walking that trail for 30 years! First with my parents and family, then with friends. Now I get to enjoy it with my wife and son. They also enjoy the lighthouse trail.

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