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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.


Courtney White

Thursday, May 3, 2018
From the tip of the park we were able to watch the full moon rise in the east as the sun set in the west. The beaches provide a quiet place for hunting for shells and driftwood.

marc pantoja

Monday, May 21, 2018
Nice views and park is a little run down looking. Costs $5/ person. Lots of Mexicans.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
some interesting tidbits of Civil War history and ecology are noted at the park but there could be more written up for visitors to understand the depth of each subject.


Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017
Nice place to spend weekend away from DC. Several beaches at Chesapeake bay and Potomac river. So you can pick salted or fresh water to swim. Campsites are usually available but it's better to reserve them in advance. Not much bugs which is surprising. State park has a small museum in visitor center about Civil war camp. Access to lighthouse is restricted so you can just watch it. People believe that it is haunted and ghosts of two Civil war solders live there.

Kellie Corcoran

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
Went camping here with my husband and son last weekend. I was pleasantly surprised. They have nice little campsites with fire pits and places to set up a tent. They have nice, clean bathroom facilities, and there is a great little dog beach close to the campgrounds. Really enjoyed our stay here. They also apparently have cabins as well, but we didn't utilize these, so not sure how these are.

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