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Point Lookout State Park

Point Lookout State Park

Situated on the most southern point of Maryland's western shore, Point Lookout State Park is one of Maryland's most visited parks. Once a prison camp for 52,000 confederate soldiers during the Civil War, Point Lookout State Park now serves as a peaceful place to enjoy recreational outings. 

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. In 2018, Maryland State Parks made improvements to 15 existing campsites at Hoffman Point and the Green Loop at Point Lookout, adding amenities and upgrading infrastructure to improve the visitor experience. These campsites are close to the shoreline and are also near existing piers with floating dock facilities that are ideal for canoe and kayak access.

This park's peaceful surroundings belive 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.

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Image Credit: Andy Padden / Maryland DNR
Last updated: February 27, 2020
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