​St. Mary's County

Point Lookout State Park
11175 Point Lookout Road
Scotland, MD 20687




Driving Directions:

Directions from Baltimore:
From Rt. 695
Follow to Rt. 97 south to Rt. 3 south (Rt. 3 will turn into Rt. 301. Follow Rt. 301 south. From Rt. 301 south continue to Rt. 4 south in Upper Marlboro. Follow Rt. 4 south all the way across the Solomons Island Bridge. After the Solomons Island Bridge the first traffic light you come to will be Rt. 235. Turn left onto Rt. 235 south. Follow Rt. 235 south into a town called Ridge (there will be a blinking red light). Turn left onto Rt. 5 south. Follow Rt. 5 south as far as it will go (approximately 7 miles) and you will be in Point Lookout. After the entrance sign, the second road on the right will be the campground. When you arrive in the campground, park at the left and register at the Ranger Station.

Directions from Washington, D.C.:
From Rt. 495
Follow to Rt. 4/Pennsylvania Avenue south to Upper Marlboro. Continue on Rt. 4 south until you cross the Solomons Island Bridge. After the Solomons Island Bridge the first traffic light you come to will be Rt. 235. Turn left onto Rt. 235 south. Follow Rt. 235 south into a town called Ridge (there will be a blinking red light). Turn left onto Rt. 5 south. Follow Rt. 5 south as far as it will go (approximately 7 miles) and you will be in Point Lookout. After the entrance sign, the second road on the right will be the campground. When you arrive in the campground park at the left and register at the Ranger Station.

Directions from the Rt. 301 Bridge:
Follow Rt. 301 north to Rt. 234 towards Leonardtown. When you reach the end of Rt. 234 at Rt. 5 turn right. Follow Rt 5 south all the way into Point Lookout. After the entrance sign, the second road on the right will be the campground. When you arrive in the campground park at the left and register at the Ranger Station.

Hours of Operation:

​6 a.m. to Sunset

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.

Pet Policy:

  • Pets are allowed in Malone Circle, Tulip Loop, Green's Point Loop and Hoffman's Loop in the campground
  • Pets are allowed on paved portion of causeway, on beach north of the causeway to entrance of Tanner's Creek on Bay side, and beach south of causeway on the Bay side
  • Pets are allowed in boat launch area to board vessels
  • Pets are allowed in all day-use areas after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend

Hunting Policy:

  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted during the early muzzleloader season in 240 acre Jacobs tract designated hunting area with daily sign-in required
  • Waterfowl hunting at designated blind sites

Point Lookout State Park

The beath at Point Lookout State Park


This park's peaceful surroundings belie its history as the location of a prison camp which imprisoned as many as 52,264 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. A museum on site recounts this vivid history. A park map is available at park headquarters, the camp office, camp store, and the Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center.

Changes to Point Lookout State Park Traffic Patterns Due to construction at our headquarters and tollbooth plaza during the coming fall and winter, the traffic pattern entering the park may change occasionally. When the tollbooths are not accessible, visitors may use our self-pay stations located conveniently throughout the park to pay the park service charges. Please remain attentive. Thank You.


Become A Junior Ranger

Rangers and naturalists lead children and teens, ages 7-11 years, through the fundamentals of environmental education and stewardship. Junior Rangers can earn three achievement awards: Basic, Advanced and Expert. Once they complete their Expert Achievement award, they begin to earn patches in our more self-guided levels, such as Naturalist, Explorer, Conservationist and Guide.

Upon completion of the summer program, Junior Rangers will receive a membership card and basic level patch. Two weeklong programs are available July 16, 2018 to July 20, 2018 or August 6, 2018 to August 10, 2018. Both programs are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Park Office at 301-872-5688 or via e-mail at pointlookout.statepark@maryland.gov

Download the Junior Rangers Registration Form

Summer Programs at Point Lookout

Summer programs will be offered each weekend Memorial Day through Labor Day) at Point Lookout State Park. Contact the Marshland Nature Center and Civil War Museum for more details, as well as for additional weekend events and programs. Phone: 301-872-5085 for information.

The Nature Nook at the Beach/Picnic Area will be open on Saturdays from 12 to 2 p.m and on Sundays from 12 to 1 p.m. Stop by and check it out!

Video of Point Lookout State Park Amenities

Click here to view Point Lookout State Park's Manager discuss the many features and amenities at Point Lookout State Park.


Boat launch, canoe rental, camp fire programs, camp sites, cabins, park store, dump station, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, hunting, historic interest, hook ups, pet trail, picnic area, playground, swimming, Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center and pavilion.

E-mail the park: pointlookout.statepark@maryland.gov

All restrooms will be closed for winterization by November 1 and reopened on April 1. Portable toilets will be available in the park.

Admission Prices and Park Hours

Day use service charges are valid for park use from 6 a.m. to sunset. (Maryland Passport, Universal Disability Pass and Golden Age Passes are valid during this time period. Active Military with identification are exempt. Children in car seats are free.)

Weekends and Holidays

  • October through April -- $3.00 per vehicle for Maryland resident -- $5.00 per vehicle for non-Maryland resident
  • May through September -- $5.00 per person for Maryland resident -- $7.00 per person for non-Maryland resident

Weekdays (not including holidays that fall on a weekday)

  • Year round -- $3.00 per vehicle for Maryland residents -- $5.00 per vehicle for non-Maryland residents

Night Fishing - Year round -- $3.00 per vehicle for Maryland residents -- $5.00 per vehicle for non-Maryland residents Night fishing service charge is in effect from sunset to 6 a.m. (use the white night pass envelope for payment). Any persons not actively fishing must leave at sunset.

Summer Visitation - Point Lookout occasionally fills to capacity on summer weekends and holiday weekends. During these times you will not be able to enter the park, nor will you be able to just drive through the park. You may call 301-872-5688 to check on our visitation volume, however we can make no guarantees that we will not be filled to capacity by the time you arrive. On holiday weekends (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day weekends) we do not allow people to drive through without paying the service charge due to the volume of traffic within the park.

Park Headquarters Office - The park office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the end of April. Campers are welcome to use the self-registration system to check in when the Park Headquarters Office is closed.


Campground - There are 143 wooded campsites Point Lookout State Park camping grounds.available; 26 of these have full hook-ups, 33 of these have electric. A full hook-up loop (Tulip) remains open year round for self-contained campers (no restrooms available). A total of 6 people (children + adults) are permitted on each campsite (excluding Youth Group Site, and Sites 107 or 128).

Cabins - There are six four-person camper cabins available for overnight stays. No pets, smoking, or cooking are permitted inside the cabins. A fire ring is provided for cooking. Check-in time is 3 p.m., checkout is at noon.


The park features various fishing areas, including the 710 foot Fishing Pier, which is in operation mid-April until the third week in December. A valid Coastal Sport Fishing license and appropriate stamps are required. Active fishing is allowed 24 hours a day.

Night Fishing - Night fishing passes are valid from sunset to 6 a.m. All passes are valid during this time period. Fishermen wishing to stay past sunset will be required to pay an additional night-use service charge of $3 per vehicle for Maryland residents; $5 per vehicle for non-Maryland residents. All members of your party must have a valid fishing license and be actively fishing to remain in the park after sunset.

Causeway - All service charges will also apply to the Causeway area. Those wishing to stay on the Causeway will be obligated to pay both the day use and night fishing pass service charges. To remain on the Causeway after sunset you will be required to have a night fishing pass displayed.

Special Note: A Coastal Sport fishing license is required for those 16 years of age and older. For the safety of our visitors, tents are not permitted in the Day-Use Areas. Only see through sun shelters without a bottom floor are permitted.

Spending A Day At Point Lookout

  • Beach Picnic Area - Open daily (6 a.m. – Sunset) starting Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Open year round with pedestrian access only during the winter season from sunrise to sunset. Limited parking is available near the entrance of the beach picnic area. The beach area has grills, picnic tables and a playground. Limited numbers of grills and picnic tables are available on a first come first served basis. Visitors are encouraged to swim in the designated swimming area when lifeguards are on duty. Guards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Facilities include showers and restrooms. Jelly fish may be found in our swim area. The number of jelly fish changes daily depending on the time of year and rainfall. For the safety of our visitors, tents are not permitted in the day use areas. Only see through sun shelters without a bottom floor are allowed.
  • Pavilion/Shelter - This facility can accommodate 100 people maximum; reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Price does NOT include the per person service charge May through September on weekends and holidays, and the per vehicle service charge weekdays year-round. The pavilion contains a large open grill and picnic tables. The pavilion is located in the Beach Picnic Area with the swimming area and a small playing field nearby.
  • Park Store - The park store is open May - September. The park store offers snacks, ice cream, drinks, bait, ice, souvenirs and boating, picnicking and camping supplies. Canoe rentals are available on a first come first service basis. Please call the park for hours of operation.
  • Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center - The nature center and museum are located within the Campground. Open to the general public, day visitors as well as campers. Museum and Nature Center are open seasonally, closed during the winter. Offers programs in nature and Civil War history. May through October, Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours may vary. Please call the park at 301-872-5688. Historic weapons safety guidelines for interpretive demonstration purposes as authorized by the Maryland Park Service.
  • Boating - A boat launch facility and fish-cleaning station are available for boaters. Canoe rentals and supplies are also available at the camp store. Boat launch service charge is $10 for Maryland residents and $12 for non-Maryland residents per launch, valid 24 hours a day year round. Reduced services beginning December between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. Launching is permitted 24 hours a day, however, launchers should be aware that there is no lighting in the area. For emergencies call 1-800-825-7275. Maryland Passport is the only pass accepted for service charge at launch. 
  • Fort Lincoln - Open year round sunrise to sunset (self-guided). Re-enactments and special events are held at Fort Lincoln throughout the year. Contact the park at 301-872-5688 for more details.
  • Lighthouse - Closed for renovations. Contact the park at 301-872-5688 for more details.
  • Hiking - Periwinkle Point Trail, a self-guided nature trail located at the back entrance of the Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center.
  • Hunting - There are 200 acres set aside for deer hunting. A valid hunting license and appropriate stamps are required (all seasons except early muzzleloader). Two waterfowl blind sites are available. Hunters may enter / remain on park property outside of the regular posted hours provided that they are engaged in legitimate, authorized hunting activity.
  • Trash Free - Maryland State Parks are “Trash Free." Please practice “Leave No Trace” principles and take your trash with you when you leave. To view these principles visit www.lnt.org.

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

A limited number of accessible campsites are available at Point lookout. The 710' fishing pier at Point Lookout is accessible. Accessible picnic sites are located at the beach area.

For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are plentiful at Point Lookout. Volunteers can help with special events, site maintenance, visitor center activities, and general site operations. Camp Hosts are needed for the upcoming Camping Season! For volunteer information call 301-872-5688 and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator.​​​​​

Veterans Conservation Corps


This park is supported by Maryland’s Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC), a program modeled after the Maryland Conservation Corps. The VCC works with the Maryland Park Service and the Department of Natural Resources on conservation projects in areas such as recreation enhancement, park operations, wetland restoration, facility improvements, and trail maintenance and construction. Corps Members are trained in relevant, enriching, and marketable skills such as Emergency Medical Responder, chain saw safety, hazardous tree removal, Search and Rescue, trail construction, Environmental Education/Interpretation, and invasive species removal.

Maryland's Veterans Conservation Corps program helps empower veterans during their transition from military service to civilian life by leveraging their unique background and service ethic with the therapeutic value of the outdoors and professional skills development, while they address pressing conservation needs on public lands. For more information about this program, contact the park: pointlookout.statepark@maryland.gov


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us
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Plan Ahead for "Filled To Capacity" Park Closures

Point Lookout State Park is one of Maryland’s most popular parks and serves a very high volume of visitors during summer weekends and holidays. To ensure the safety of our visitors and protection of the park’s natural resources and facilities, the park has a limited capacity.

During periods of high visitation, when the park’s capacity is reached, the park will be closed and traffic will be turned away from the park entrance. When that occurs, no additional vehicles / visitors will be allowed to enter the park, including those with members of their party who may already be in the park. If you are not traveling in the same vehicle with others in your party, we suggest that you all arrive at the same time.

When the park is closed due to being full to capacity, individuals and groups with shelter and/or camping reservations will be admitted, as parking is reserved for those purposes.

Based on recent experience and visitation trends, and depending on good weather, Point Lookout State Park will likely fill to capacity and close on the Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends, and other weekends during the course of the summer. Please take this into consideration when planning your trip.