North Point State Park is one of those Maryland parks that has quite a history, and also provides a place to enjoy the bay, both on the shore and hiking through marshy woodlands.
Quick Look at North Point State Park
Address: 8400 North Point Rd, Edgemere
Admission: $4/car Maryland residents
Hours: 8am- Sunset; Visitor Center open 9am-5pm, Memorial Weekend through Labor Day
Pets: Dogs allowed on a leash.
History of North Point State Park
Located in Baltimore County near Sparrows Point, the park is on a peninsula jutting out into the Chesapeake Bay on one side and overlooking the Patapsco River on the other side. During the War of 1812, the ships that bombarded Ft. McHenry sailed past the land that is now North Point State Park. Defenders Trail, which was used by soldiers during the War of 1812 runs right through the park.
From 1905 – 1947 the land was a popular summer destination called Bay Shore Amusement Park. The original trolley station is now used as a picnic area, and a beautiful, restored fountain nearby, leads to the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center was designed to resemble the amusement park’s former hotel and restaurant, and boasts an educational science room, multiple history and nature-oriented exhibits, including a large saltwater fish tank, and a conference room.
There are six different trails winding through North Point State Park ranging from .2 miles to 4.6 miles. A trail map can be downloaded from the website. They are all relatively flat and easy, although in some places you might come across some muddy spots. An all-terrain stroller will be able to navigate the trails.
The 1,300 acres of North Point State Park provide an excellent environment for deer, water fowl, beaver, racoons and birds. Observation Point is an overlook perfect for quiet observation. It is accessed by the Black Marsh Trail, about 2.2 miles. In the summer, make sure to use some bug spray.
The parking lot nearest the Visitor Center has easy access to the Bay Front Gazebo, locations for fishing, restrooms and a stroll near the water. There are picnic tables, grills and even small areas with beach access that are exactly what little kids need to splash around in. A long fishing pier stretches out into the bay and has enough room for fishermen, picnicking and just relaxing next to the water.