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Address: Scotland, MD
Phone Number: 301-872-5688
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This picturesque spot between the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay...

This picturesque spot between the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay served as a hospital and prison camp for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

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Good facilities for changing and an interesting lighthouse to visit.

I swam from the sandy beach following a picnic lunch. Like most of the American State Parks there were table, benches and BBQ places. The toilet and changing room facilities were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I swam from the sandy beach following a picnic lunch. Like most of the American State Parks there were table, benches and BBQ places. The toilet and changing room facilities were very good. The day that we visited there was a "Challenge" to visit all of the lighthouses in the area. I went up into the top through a trapdoor.... More 

Thank MCBrook
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94 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Point Lookout State Park is a lazy, casual drive south of Annapolis and DC metro area. The park sits about 30 minutes south of Solomon's Island across a scenic bridge. Once there, you'll find campground space, fishing off its pier or coastline and public restrooms. There is a $3.00 entrance fee at an unoccupied gate that you pay on the... More 

Thank AL M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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342 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We've been to several parks in the area and this is the best one considering the distance from DC. Only 2 hours and you're in the wild. True that mosquitoes run the place, but use bug spray liberally and light a smoky fire...Bathrooms were super clean and well stocked. This time of year there are few people. We also lucked... More 

Thank GypsyTraveller94
Summerville, South Carolina
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94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary's County Maryland offers an abundance (fishing, camping, kayaking, hiking, swimming) of out of doors recreational activity and artifacts from the civil war; including forts, the former prisoner of war prison, and other historical items. This is a stop well worth making when visiting Southern Maryland.

Thank Fred M
Harveys Lake PA
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Located on a peninsula, this gorgeous state park is also the site of a Civil War prison camp for Confederate soldiers. The campsite for my 28 ft. travel trailer was spacious, and full service. Bugs were rife however! This is a swampy area, with lots of lakes, two rivers, and the Chesapeake all in the same vicinity. And oh yeah...... More 

Thank Bigredbard
Ithaca, New York
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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

This is only a review for a day trip to the park with no fishing. I've always been intriguing by this little point on the maps and decided to head out here on a recent weekend. I was pretty disappointed by this park overall. First off, the somewhat steep entrance fee which was exclusive to this park. Maybe this is... More 

1 Thank knk24
Kent Island, Maryland
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Both my husband and I are history teachers, so we were very interested in visiting here. We biked about eight miles from where we were staying and took in each site as we happened upon each. The first was the federal monument. This place had a monument erected by the federal government with each of the names around the side... More 

3 Thank Wendy T
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58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We have been going to this campground for years in our RV, usually camping in the Green loop because the sites are open to the water so you see lots of birds and great sunsets. But these sites only have 30amps, no other hookups versus the Tulip loop which has full hook ups but no view due to the tall... More 

1 Thank pasherry
Bedford, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Being from around the area as a child I vist the camp ground once every year and enjoy it a lot with so much fishing and crabbing to do but I had to rate it a 3 this year due to the parking tickets my self and a family member got while at the fishing pier. Seems like a easy... More 

1 Thank Daniel L
Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I camped here with my children and one other couple mid June right after 3 days of rain. This was an experimental camping trip for us to see how my 3 yr old would handle it and I had reserved two neighboring spots close to the bathrooms. There was standing water all around the sites, so we opted for a... More 

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