North Point State Park

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8400 North Point Rd, Edgemere, MD 21219, United States

Opening Hours

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


$6.25 per reservation


Introduction of  North Point State Park

North Point is a natural gem found in Baltimore County on the Chesapeake Bay’s shoreline. This 1,310-acre park near Edgemere was originally home to the Bay Shore Amusement Park, a famous summer resort from 1906 to 1947. Visitors can visit the historic trolley station, which is now used as a covered picnic area, as well as the restored and still operational fountain. The park is traversed by the Defenders Trail, which was utilised by soldiers during the War of 1812. North Point now features spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay, a water access area, two fishing piers, picnics and hiking trails that wind around the park and into protected wildlands.

North Point State Park Camping

While there are no RV parks in North Point State Park, a nearby KOA to the south is easily accessible when spent the night. The Washington DC/Capitol KOA features over 100 RV-friendly campsites and plenty of amenities to keep campers pleased. Each campground has its own picnic table, fire ring, and grill, making cooking and socialising a breeze.

A seasonal pool, firewood and propane sales, bike rentals, a huge picnic pavilion, a dog park, a tour shuttle, and other amenities are also available to all campsites. There is also WiFi, 50 amp service for RVs, playgrounds, organised activities, and RV clubs on-site. Given the popularity of this KOA, it is always a good idea to register your campsite ahead of time, so once you have figured out the details of your rental RV, book your spot as soon as possible.

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Exploring the North Point Park

Being so close to so many major cities provides you with apparently limitless opportunities to do and see. Some of the most popular activities in Baltimore include visiting historical landmarks such as Fort McHenry National Monument, attending a baseball game at Oriole Park, and visiting the National Aquarium. The Walters Art Museum, the American Visionary Art Museum, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum, and others are among the other museums. The Maryland Zoo, one of the largest in the region, is also located in Baltimore.

In Baltimore, you can find about every type of food you might want, and there are many of great and well rated seafood places to try. There are also several vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly restaurants to guarantee that the entire family enjoys a pleasant eating experience. Parking close downtown and meandering on foot is a terrific way to discover a unique restaurant you might not have tried otherwise.

When you’ve exhausted your options in Baltimore, make time to visit the nation’s capitol while camping in an RV near Washington. This historical city boasts several museums and attractions that will leave you speechless, many of them are free. Free admission is available to the Lincoln Memorial, Tidal Basin, National Art Museum, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other attractions.

North State Park Trails

There are approximately ten recognised trails at North Point State Park in Central Maryland, including the Observation Trail, Holly Trail, Ferry Grove Trail, and Black Marsh Trail.

Hikers and cyclists can use nearly all of the trails. The Beaver Pond Trail and the Black Marsh Trail are the outliers. These trails are not bike-friendly.

The latter flows through the 667-acre Black Marsh Natural Area, which is home to osprey, great blue herons, muskrats, river otters, and beavers.

I hiked a beautiful park circle this summer that had steps on at least six of the park’s routes.

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Park Parking

After passing through the park’s entrance station, there is a large parking space on the left. The entrance fee to this dog-friendly park ranges from $3 to $6 per vehicle.

You’ll want to park in the first lot for this loop hike. A second, larger property is located near to the swimming beach, fishing pier, and visitor centre.

After you park, look for a sign for the white-blazed Black Marsh Trail and a gravel route that leads through the green forest and eventually to the Black Marsh Natural Area.

Before you begin, search for a mailbox in the parking lot that contains trail maps to assist you navigate the park. Before you go, you can also print off a trail map.

Park Trails

North Point State Park has six different paths ranging in length from.2 miles to 4.6 miles. A trail map is available for download on the website. They are all relatively flat and easy, though there may be some muddy sections in certain locations. The trails can be navigated by an all-terrain stroller.

North Point State Park’s 1,300 acres provide an ideal habitat for deer, waterfowl, beaver, racoons, and birds. The Observation Point viewpoint is ideal for undisturbed observation. The Black Marsh Trail, which is roughly 2.2 miles long, leads to it. Make use of bug spray during the summer.

Water Accessibility 

The parking lot closest to the Visitor Center provides convenient access to the Bay Front Gazebo, fishing spots, bathrooms, and a promenade along the ocean. Picnic tables, barbecues, and even tiny areas with beach access are available for little kids to play around in. A lengthy fishing pier spreads out into the bay, providing ample space for anglers, picnicking, and simply resting next to the ocean.

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Park History

From 1905 through 1947, the area was home to the famed summer resort Bay Shore Amusement Park. The historic trolley station has been converted into a picnic space, and a lovely, restored fountain nearby leads to the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center, which was built to look like the amusement park’s previous hotel and restaurant, features an educational science room, several historical and nature-oriented exhibits, including a big saltwater fish tank, and a meeting room.

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