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Point Lookout State Park

11175 Point Lookout Road

Recreational opportunities abound on this picturesque peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. Swimming, fishing, boating and camping are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed in this beautiful bay setting.

This park's peaceful surroundings belie its history as the location of a prison camp which imprisoned as many as 52,264 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. A museum on site recounts this vivid history. A park map is available at park headquarters, the camp office, camp store, and the Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center.


Todd Benick

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Awful. Let's start with the things beyond control. The mosquitoes and biting flies were terrible, and swarmed us on every beach. The campground itself is literally on a swamp, so there's no walking to anywhere without following the road. Now the things the staff couldn't or wouldn't fix. We paid for 30a service. Most of the sites were on 20a breakers at the main, even though the breakers at the sites were 30. You're never going to squeeze 30 amps through a 20 amp breaker. The staff made excuses about why they couldn't fix it. Multiple calls and stops at the office yielded lots of, "you have to talk to someone else" responses. The water fill station nearest our site didn't work. One maintenance guy told us he had been complaining for TWO YEARS about it. Nothing was open except the beaches. We went to both camp stores during "normal business hours" and both were closed. The office also closed periodically for no reason in the middle of the day. If you're looking to come here for the Civil War artifacts, don't bother. The prison area is fenced off so you can't even walk around. There are a few replica tents set up. But the museum...surprise...was closed during regular hours. Huge, huge disappointment.


Sunday, July 22, 2018
Went here a couple weeks ago. It wasn't overcrowded but it took some time for us to find a spot to have a little section of beach. The wooded area is nice and shady and just as pretty as the water, in my opinion. It has a lot of picnic tables and a playground. There is also a lighthouse and other amenities I believe but we didn't use any of them.


Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
We camped overnight in the park Lanier lane. Some highlights: 1) kayak rentals are cheap and easy and the lakes and wetlands make for beautiful scenery 2) well maintained campsite with fire ring 3) helpful staff at the camp store supplied and directed us on how to catch crabs from the pier. 4) Not crowded in the campgrounds during peak vacation season Cons: 1) the bugs are out of control. You need tons of repellent for the weekend 2) there are no pedestrian trails out of the park to the beaches 3) pet beach has nice water but lots of trash on the shore. Overall we will return because it is a 2 hour drive from DC to a peaceful park

Carla Febus

Saturday, May 26, 2018
I love this beach! The campgrounds are great! This is the second time I come here and I love it! They have many activities for the kids! The staff is amazing! The water is warm, not like ocean city, the waves are not that strong. I saw a lot of bad reviews about jelly fish, but I have not experienced that so far! The dog beach is really quiet and very nice!

Hama Dicko

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Beautiful, peaceful, and very clean place! Perfect for swimming, fishing, boating, sunset view, or just hanging out with friends and family! Here's a snapshot. But there's so much more to see! You should go and see. Love it! 😍

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