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Best trails in North East

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Looking for a great trail near North East, Maryland? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Rocks State Park or Ridley Creek State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Holtwood Recreation Park or Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in North East ranging from 1.7 to 3.2 miles and from 49 to 413 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in North East
Top trails (10)
#1 - Turkey Point Lighthouse Trail
Elk Neck State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 53 m
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.Show more
#2 - Beaver Marsh Trail (Orange Trail)
Elk Neck State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
The Beaver Marsh Trail makes a full loop of the beaver marsh pond at Elk Neck State Park. This trail is also listed as the orange trail on the Elk Neck trail map. The trail offers a variety of different ecosystems and the scenery changes quickly as you go. The trail head begins in the forest and then moves down close to the pond and circles around it. The trail then opens up for a short time onto a beach along the Chesapeake Bay before entering the forest.Show more
#3 - Elk Neck State Forest Trails
Elk Neck State Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
#4 - Whitebanks Trail
Elk Neck State Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Note: As of October 2020, part of this route is still closed due to tornado damage. The steep section of the trail that leads to the overlooks of the bay are closed. For more information, please see https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/ENSP_map.pdf 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. Keep an eye out for bald eagles. The narrow trail switches back from the river and up over the bluffs. Moderate for hikers; difficult for bikers. Show more
#5 - Elk Neck State Park Trail
Elk Neck State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 52 m
Note: Please be advised, as a result of June 2019's tornado, a salvage harvest operation will be underway in the impacted areas of the park to remove dead, downed and damaged trees. Although the harvest area does not include currently open trails or amenities, visitors may be impacted by the sounds and activities generated by this operation (Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am through sunset). Until further notice, the salvage harvest area is closed. Visitors are not permitted into these areas, denoted by orange flagging, or on previously closed trails. Check here for Elk Neck State Park Trails and Trail Maps​ closures: https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/ElkNeck/Trails-Maps.aspxShow more
#6 - Elk Neck State Park - Pond Loop - Green
North East, Maryland
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
Note: As of September 2020, this trail is partially closed due to storm damage. Check here for more information: https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/elkneck.aspxShow more
#7 - Elk Neck Black Hill Lookout Tower
Elk Neck State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 48 m
#8 - Tari Moore Recreational Trail
Calvert Regional Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 57 m
#9 - Elk Neck Lighthouse Trail
Elk Neck State Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
This is an easy, simple trail that is very well-maintained. Lots of fun curves and only gradual elevation. There is also a large picnic table next to the wooden platform/view. Markings are provided via white lighthouse shapes nailed to the trees, but hardly need the markings to follow. Be aware there is a shooting range right up the road from where this begins at the lot. If you don't want to hear gunshots while hiking, it is advised to get their early before it opens (range hours: 9am-sunset, Mondays 1pm-sunset)Show more
#10 - Elk Neck Lighthouse and Mason Dixon Loop
Elk Neck State Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Despite the name, there is no actual lighthouse along this trail, but there is a tall wooden deck that provides a view to the southwest. Markings are provided via the white lighthouse shapes nailed to the trees. The smaller western loop is an easy path with some gravel. The south part of the east loop is mostly wide grassy path until it veers into the woods to connect up with the Mason-Dixon trail for return back. There are two long wooden benches right where it intersects here as well. Be aware there is a shooting range right up the road from where this begins at the lot. If you don't want to hear gunshots while hiking, it is advised to get their early before it opens (range hours: 9am-sunset, Mondays 1pm-sunset)Show more