I was planning to go to a completely different spot this weekend, but we had a cold snap and a few inches of snow on Friday. So, I ended up staying close to home and went to a small swimming beach in Cecil County, Maryland. The North East swimming beach overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and is part of Elk Neck State Park. Getting to this location involves a drive through quiet country roads surrounded by woodlands.
A short distance through the gates, you can veer left to access another part of the park or you can keep driving forward to the gatehouse. I paid $3 for my entry fee. During the week, this fee is per in state vehicle. On weekends and holidays, it is $3 per person.
I was disappointed on my arrival to discover that there was a TON of debris, including a sneaker, two sandals and a used needle. I know the beach was clean and inviting for swimmers in the summer, so all the trash and mess might have been a result of the storm that just went through.
The playground and picnicking area is very inviting. Parking was plentiful on this chilly spring day, but I can see where it would fill up during the summer!
For current rates, hours, directions and more information about rules, regulations and services, visit the park’s website.