Point Lookout State Park: A Southern Maryland Beach

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    Point Lookout Beach, Civil War Site, and More

    Point Lookout State Park
    ••• Point Lookout State Park. © Tim Evanson

    Point Lookout State Park is a peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River that offers recreational opportunities including swimming, fishing, boating and camping. The park's history dates back to the Civil War where the site was the location of a prison camp which imprisoned as many as 52,264 Confederate soldiers. With is location in Southern Maryland, Point Lookout is an easy place to take a day trip from the Washington DC area.

    Enjoy the following photos and learn more about the park.

    Getting to Point Lookout

    From the Capital Beltway (I-495): Take the Exit for Rt. 4/Pennsylvania Avenue South to Upper Marlboro. Continue on Rt. 4 South. After crossing the Solomons Island Bridge, turn left onto Rt. 235 South. Follow Rt. 235 South into a town called Ridge. Turn left onto Rt. 5 South. Follow Rt. 5 South approximately 7 miles to Point Lookout.

    From Rt. 97 South: Follow 97 South to Rt. 3 South (Rt. 3 will turn into Rt. 301. Follow Rt. 301 South  to Rt. 4 South in Upper...MORE Marlboro. After crossing the Solomons Island Bridge, turn left onto Rt. 235 South. Follow Rt. 235 South into a town called Ridge. Turn left onto Rt. 5 South. Follow Rt. 5 South approximately 7 miles to Point Lookout.

    Address: Point Lookout State Park, 11175 Point Lookout Road Scotland, MD 20687
    Website: dnr2.maryland.gov

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    Point Lookout Amenities

    Point Lookout State Park
    ••• Point Lookout State Park. © Elvert Barnes

    Point Lookout State Park has a boat launch, boat rental, camp fire programs, camp sites, cabins, camp store, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, hunting, picnic areas, playgrounds, swimming, and Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center. The nature center and museum are located within the campground and are open to the public seasonally, closed during the winter.  There are 143 wooded campsites, six four-person cabins and one campsite for youth groups.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-432-2267.

    The park features three fishing areas that are available 24 hours, including the 710 foot Fishing Pier (April 15-December 15), the Causeway and the Point (year-round). A valid Coastal Sport fishing license and appropriate stamps are required.

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    Point Lookout State Park Lighthouse

    Point Lookout Lighthouse
    ••• Point Lookout Lighthouse. © peggydavis66

    Point Lookout State Park has an interesting history as it was the location of a prison camp which imprisoned as many as 52,264 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. The lighthouse is open for tours the first Saturday of each month from April-November (excluding July and September, open the second Saturday of the month) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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    Point Lookout State Park Beach

    ••• Point Lookout Beach. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Swimming at Point Lookout is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The beach area has grills, picnic tables, and a playground. A boat launch facility and fish-cleaning station are available for boaters. The beach and picnic area is open year round with pedestrian access only during the winter season from sunrise to sunset. Facilities include showers and restrooms. The park store is open May - September.