Visit to Elk Neck State Park

For the past three days, my husband and I have been walking. We explored multiple trails over a landscape in which nature’s presence was far less subtle than what I see on a daily basis. Like many places where water meets land, Elk Neck State Park holds dramatic variety. Even the smaller, easy hikes were stunning. But the views from the most difficult — the Whites Banks Trail — provided the best rewards.

I highly recommend visiting any popular scenic area this month. Void of crowds, humidity, and mosquitoes, now is the time to enjoy the outdoors in the Northeastern United States.

rogue harbor, drizzly friday

Along the Elk Neck River
Along the Elk Neck River
Along the Elk Neck River
Along the Elk Neck River
No one swimming today
No one swimming today
Rogues Harbor
Rogues Harbor
Rogues Harbor
Rogues Harbor
Rogues Harbor
Rogues Harbor
No crowds at Rogues Harbor
No crowds at Rogues Harbor
Beaver Marsh Trail: spotted a bald eagle
Beaver Marsh Trail: spotted a bald eagle
Beaver Marsh Trail
Beaver Marsh Trail

Ravines Loop Trail
Ravines Loop Trail

Pond Loop Trail
Pond Loop Trail

Mini Cabin
Mini Cabin

Sunday Sunrise over the Elk Neck River
Sunday Sunrise over the Elk Neck River

Lighthouse Trail
Lighthouse Trail
Lighthouse Trail
Lighthouse Trail

Lighthouse Trail: Turkey Point Lighthouse
Lighthouse Trail: Turkey Point Lighthouse

White Banks Trail
White Banks Trail

White Banks Trail: Well Maintained
White Banks Trail: Well Maintained

White Banks Trail: Along the water's edge.
White Banks Trail: Along the bay’s edge.

White Banks Trail
White Banks Trail

White Banks Trail: Standing on the cliff edge
White Banks Trail: Standing on the cliff edge

White Banks Trail: Soft soils
White Banks Trail: Soft soils

White Banks Trail: The northern end of the Chesapeake
White Banks Trail: The northern end of the Chesapeake

White Banks Trail: Trying not to blow away
White Banks Trail: Trying not to blow away

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