Originally Posted by loumichelle735
Slightly off your topic but I wanted to get your thoughts on elk neck. We are heading there in July. Like you it's not too far for us.
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A nice peaceful drive for us coming from Reading PA. Very little highway other than 12 miles on I 176, and 6 miles on Rt 1. Other than that, Rt 10 & Rt 272 are peaceful 40-50mph rides through the countryside and farmland.
272 will take you thru the quaint town of NorthEast MD. About 10-12 miles north of the park. Make sure you visit the town for the small shops on Main St. And don't miss out on Woody's Crab House on Main St, Steak & Main on Main St, and The Nauti Goose next to the marina. Excellent food at all three places.
The park itself is a bit uneventful. There's only one loop with full hookups (Northeast Loop). And there are a few other loops with views overlooking the Chesapeake. Well, it's actually the Elk River right there, but you can see where it meets the Bay. If you find a campground map, I was in Elk loop site #138. The pad was about 30' from a cliff edge dropping down 40' to the water. And you'll see the occasional tugboat pushing barges up the river towards the Delaware Canal.
Would be a great spot if you're a fisherman. But I don't fish, so....
No alcohol allowed in the state park.....but what happens in the pup, stays in the pup.
Also make sure to visit the lighthouse at the southern tip of the peninsula. Beautiful view of the bay. And on the west side of the peninsula, the SP has a beach, although it and the camp store don't open til Memorial Day.
The site pads are a firmly packed gravel type surface and are fairly level.
I know some people go to private campgrounds with activities for the kids and to socialize with the other campers. That's not me, I'd rather be in a quiet nature setting to recalibrate my stress-laden brain, with an occasional jaunt out for local seafood. Elk Neck served that purpose for me.
Due to the time of the year, there were only about a dozen sites occupied when I was there. All on the end of the loop overlooking the water. One other pup, a TT, a 5er, and a handful of tent campers. They didn't bother me too much, but the wife gets annoyed at the sound of a gnat farting. So the pet-friendly loop had a few barking dogs, a few screaming kids, and a drunk cackling hag next door. All were easily drown out with the hum of a bunk fan.
Quiet hours are 11p-7a. I was usually asleep by 9p and up at dawn. The park is generally clean and the bathhouse in Elk loop was average in cleanliness. And I make those comparisons to others I've stayed at. The cleanest I've ever seen was the Northeast loop at Elk Neck in 2013, followed by Assategaue SP. The sloppiest I've seen was Cape Henlopen Sp in DE.
And don't expect any cell phone service, I have Sprint and was picking up one bar on good days.
I've got one more weekend excursion planned to Elk Neck in July, in the Northeast loop with full hookup, for the a/c.