Elk Neck State Park Quest


Be Aware of the Elk River

Introduction To Quest

Many know all too well the damage a hurricane can do. The quest at Elk Neck State Park encourages you to explore these devastating storms through the eyes of a storm tracker, town builder, meteorologist, park ranger, news anchor, and homeowner. Learn how these storms are formed. Examine their effects on the land and the people who inhabit it. And create an emergency preparedness plan. As the next hurricane season approaches you can simply beware and scared or you can be aware and be prepared!

Quest Information

Beach at Elk Neck State Park

The Park Quest Adventure at Elk Neck State Park will take place on the sandy portion of the Beaver Marsh Loop. The quest will be available everyday between 9 a.m. and sunset, except on the following holiday weekends:  Memorial Day weekend 5/26-5/29; Independence Day weekend - 6/30-7/3; and Labor Day weekend - 9/1-9/4. To complete the quest, you will walk less than one mile; it should take about 1.5 hours to complete. Teams will first need to pick-up a Quest Pack from the Camper Registration building on Campground Road. They will proceed to the St. Martin’s camp loop and park there to access the Beaver Marsh Trail. Teams will need to refer to the directions page of the Park Quest Workbook to complete the quest. When finished, teams can collect their stamp by returning the Quest Pack to the Camper Registration building.

Your Park Quest Passport provides you and your team free entrance into the day-use areas of the park. Please show your Passport to the attendant at the Contact Station.

Portions of this quest will require teams to be in the direct sun or hiking in a forested area. Teams are encouraged to bring the following items: sunscreen, tick/ bug repellant, water, and snacks.

The park will have five Quest Packs available at a first come, first served basis. Prior to coming to Elk Neck State Park, teams must check the tides to make sure they will be here during a low or receding tide in order to have access to the sandy portion of the Beaver Marsh Loop. Page 6 of the Park Quest Workbook is available online and should be completed as a prerequisite to coming to the park.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a tide monitoring website as outlined in the worksheet for our quest and can be found at this link: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.html. The "Town Point Wharf, MD" station is the most accurate tide chart for the Beaver Marsh Loop. Please make sure to check in advance for low tide as some of the activities require the sandy portion.

Park Information

Elk Neck State Park’s sandy beaches, marshlands, and heavily wooded bluffs are contained within a peninsula formed by the North East River, Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. This Chesapeake Bay Gateway Site provides excellent recreation for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing on trails throughout more than 2,000 acres of scenic woodlands. An easy walk to our Turkey Point Lighthouse provides panoramic views of the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. Swimming, fishing, crabbing, and boating opportunities are abundant from various points along the coastline. Many forms of camping are available to those who wish to extend their adventure past an afternoon visit. For more information about the park and its amenities please visit our website.

Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Road
North East, MD 21901

Directions to Elk Neck State Park

  • Baltimore/Washington D.C. and areas south - Take I-95 North to North East exit 100, MD Rt. 272. Proceed on MD Rt. 272 south for approximately 12 miles. Stay on MD 272 south to reach the park. Once in the park, turn left on Campground Road.
  • Wilmington/Philadelphia and areas north - Take I-95 South to North East exit 100, MD Rt. 272. Proceed on MD Rt. 272 south for approximately 12 miles. Stay on MD 272 south to reach the park. Once in the park, turn left on Campground Road.
  • Please note: When using a GPS for directions, it will take you off MD Rt. 272 and onto Old Elk Neck Road. Please ignore this. The bridge is closed on that road and you will not be able to reach the park. Just remain on MD Rt. 272 south and it will take you directly to the park.
  • Make a reservation to stay at the park.
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