Point Lookout State Park

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Point Lookout State Park
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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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Lynn L
Southington, CT8 contributions
Jul 2021
We had a good experience as we tent camped for 3 nights. We had a spacious site in the Green Loop. Although most sites were also roomy and most were private, I'd recommend this loop because it's near the water and was breezy while we were there on hot days in July. The side of the loop near the water is less shaded than the opposite side. We camped mid-week and there were only a few other campers in this loop. The bathrooms are good with hooks, a shelf and bench in the showers (appreciated!). The camp store is open only on weekends so bring what you need. Ice and firewood are available all the time.

I was concerned about the bugs and heat since we were camping in July. As it turned out, the bugs weren't too bad, mostly because of the breeze off the water. However, on our last day it got fairly humid and the bugs came out. Not the worst we've seen but a nuisance.

Although we were camping we were hoping to explore the area a bit and find some nice drives and good restaurants, but there's not much around the park. We tried the only restaurant nearby (Courtney's) and it was expensive and the food wasn't very good. (We are not all that hard to please, so our advice is to avoid it.). So, we stuck to the camp cooking after that. Be sure to bring food and supplies on your way in.

The park itself is beautiful. Lots of spots to sit near the water, fish and crab. The beach was small but nice, great for kids. Huge wooded picnic area near the beach with lots of families and groups having picnics. The jellyfish warning was moderate. I got stung once but it seemed that no one else had any issues since folks were in the water for lots of time. (Stay away from the rocks, seems to be where there's more likely to be jellyfish.) There's no alcohol in the park, and it's pretty sedate (at least on the weekdays we were there). Great sunset views out at the lighthouse and a deer passed by just to add to the evening!

Pros - Nice campground with some water sites and lots of wooded, shady sites, good bathhouse and fishing/crabbing pier at the camp. Great park with small beach, shade on the beach, lots of fishing spots and pier, docks for crabbing, plenty of wooded picnic areas, wildlife, some historical sites.
Cons - Bugs, jellyfish, camp and park stores closed on weekdays, small beach could get crowded
Written July 9, 2021
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danielnV1813NB
GERMANTOWN, United States748 contributions
Jul 2020
Drove over to enjoy the beach and the pier. The entrance fee must have been reduced due to the COVID 19 closures. The family enjoyed the beach and view until the park got a bit too crowed. They probably should have limited the number of cars and guest during COVID 19. Still worth the trip and a value with the reduced fee-go early.
Written July 5, 2020
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KTackett169
Bowie, MD5 contributions
Jan 2020
Had unseasonably good weather for January so drove 90 minutes to see the park. Veteran's are supposed to get in free but there was nobody working the gate so I had to pay to get the gate to life. Once inside the park, although the website says the park is open, nothing was open - not even the restrooms! Gave it a three because it might be a nice park in the Spring or Summer. The saving grace was that there are some memorials right outside the park that we could visit. Then we drove took a short drive north to historical St Mary's City.
Written February 12, 2020
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1,629 contributions
Aug 2020
I took the day off and wanted somewhere new to explore, so my husband planned a trip to this state park. The Civil War Museum/Nature Center and park store were all closed due to coronavirus. The park store is where you can rent kayaks, canoes, and boats yet you obviously cannot due to it being closed. They have a lighthouse where the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay meet, but the whole area was closed off due to construction. Luckily, the restrooms were open. The park had two beaches, a pet beach and a swimming beach. The swimming beach was small. We did not find any hiking trails. We found a sign that led us to a former POW camp, but that trip was shortened after I was attacked by mosquitos. I got about 15 bites in 5 minutes. Needless to say, we had a half day trip planned to go this state park and were only there for about an hour in which most of it was sitting on some rocks staring at the Chesapeake bay and looking at all the jellyfish in the Potomac. This mostly looked like a park for locals to swim, fish or take their pet, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it right now with everything being closed.
Written August 22, 2020
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ARL2601
Arlington, VA215 contributions
Mar 2022
I love everything anywhere on the Chesapeake shoreline, but this is not among the top. It's just okay. $3/car for Maryland and $5 out of state. Lighthouse closed for renovations so can't speak to that. Entrance to fishing pier closed, so couldn't walk out there either. I can see what other reviewers were commenting on regarding crowds in the summer - not a ton of space to spread out. So maybe best to spend a nice day during shoulder season, or follow the kayak route around the tip. That might be nicer than actually hanging out in the park.
Written March 6, 2022
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Alberto T
Washington DC, DC319 contributions
Jul 2020
In the ever-expanding search for something within driving distance to do during the pandemic, I decided to visit Point Lookout; it had been on my radar for a while. It is about a 90-minute drive from DC and it was well worth it for me, even if it was a blazingly hot July day. I arrived at about 3 PM and the fee was $7. I drove to the end of the peninsula and which provides lovely vistas and fishing on either side. There were quite a few families hanging out, grilling, etc. but not so much that I couldn't keep distant. It was also a Civil War prison camp and cemetery, so there is a bit of history to explore as well. While the park store is closed, right behind is a picturesque dock with a kayak launch and a couple of benches. All in all, a very nice day trip.
Written July 27, 2020
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lizzianna a
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Family
If your from the MD I wouldn’t recommend to have a cookout with family . There was flies everywhere. So bad that when we went to the parking lot. Big ass flies would come in the car. To all my Latinos don’t even try to bring hammocks they will immediately tell you to take them down. The beach was nice but my family got stung by the jelly fish. We even left early cause the mosquitos sorry the FLYS were having us as lunch . Take bug spray but trust me your food won’t be saved .
Written August 26, 2020
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BLMerce
Kensington, MD730 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We decided to camp mid week instead of weekend and we practically had the area to ourselves. We spent a lot of time crabbing and we’re very successful. (5 dozen). Delicious.
Bathrooms were clean. Campsites we’re large.
We spent some time at the beach even though the water was cold.
This was our third Tyrion here and we’ll probably return soon.
Written June 10, 2021
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Cindy W
Baltimore, MD1 contribution
Jul 2012 • Family
Just camped at Point Lookout State Park for the first time in about 20 years. As others have mentioned the scenery is beautiful and we were able to enjoy our personal activites as a family but other than that the place is terrible. Some of the staff were unprofessional and hospitality does not exist. I was told by a teenage staff member at the camp office (while cocking her head side to side smug like) that if my 16 year old son did not have a photo ID "Well then he just wont camp here". This was on Friday when registering late arriving family members. He had been camping with us since Monday but as others have mentioned there was no staff working the office the whole week until Friday so needless to say they did not have any ID on any of us for those entire 4 days and wouldnt if it were not for the remainder of the family arriving. This caused our next problem in which we were given a hard time about having one extra family member in our party that exceeded the site limit of 6. We were told by one very nice staff member at the gate that it was not a problem and that we should not be given a hard time. After registering the rest of family to the site we returned to our camper and soon after we were visited by a park ranger as well as a DNR officer. The park ranger stated that only 6 of the family could be registered per site. After questioning why we could not keep our family together for our family vacation we were again informed of the policy. We stated that at our usual camping place of Assateaque State Park we have never had this problem in our 30 years of camping there with our family occupancy on one site. The ranger continued with the 6 person policy and since several of our children are over the age of 18 they would need to register to another site. When i questioned the ranger about what they do for families that are greater than 6 but the children are all younger than 18 I was told that they would make the parents split up on different sites (for their family vacation) in order to be in compliance. When I expressed my disbelief in this breakdown of family unity the DNR officer that had been parked and listening in the background ( which we knew he was there) came from behind the bushes with his arms crossed and his sunglasses on approached us. He explained the same as the ranger of the policy adding that when we reserved we agreed to the regulations. He then informed us that if at midnight came and 7 people remained on the site then criminal charges would be issued. Fortunately 2 of our over 18 children were able to get a site sort of next to us. Money is not the issue...immediate family unity is! And fairness!To add to the frustration this policiy was not enforced in numerous sites in other loops. Families in the Green loop were noted to have 6 small aged children with a mother and father on one site totaling 8 people,and large groups of 20-30 people on other sites after quit time (most of these people were not pain campers but given the gate code and snuck in). The quiet time policy of 10pm was a joke. As these groups were allowed to continue gathering being loud with voices and music and yelling children to 1:30 am. The staff were aware of these groups earlier in the evening. When we questioned the next day why this was allowed to continue we were informed that at the beginning of quiet hours all of the staff were out on boat patrol. We were also told that the large group was spoken to 3 times before they were broke up at 1:30 am. We then questioned as to why all staff were on the water, why they knowingly allowed the groups to gather and be noisy and why they were allowed to recieve 3 warnings when we were told once and that the next time we would recieve a criminal charge just because w had one extra head in our family on our family vacation. Of course we did not get our questions answered because before he had a chance to answer a " supposed" fire broke out and he had to quickly exit. Never to return to follow up with us. I feel for the families camping in Green Loop that had to put up with this. Having camped at Point Lookout in the late 80's the park was cleaner, staffed adequately and with professionalism, and the park had greater occupancy of campers then. I know the economy plays a role in this to a certain degree but given what we experienced these issue are pushing good responsible tax paying campers away. This place seems like a waste of tax payers money for the way it is currently managed and maintained. The 2 big historic attractions are only open once a month anyway and one of them (the museum) can only be accessed through the coded gate within the campground. Imagine traveling a distance to visit these historic places ( lighthouse as well) and finding out they are closed or not easily accessed. Point Lookout never again for our family!
Written July 11, 2012
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jlove1984
maryland4 contributions
not worth it! small campsites with no room or privacy,all gravel (wheres the grass?!) marshy swampland around them breeding mosquitos. dirty bath houses that are always wet and muddy. beaches that are non existent in depth and more pebbly than anything, not to mention overrun with mexicans.
Written June 2, 2008
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