Point Lookout State Park Travel Guide

  • Historic Pt Lookout Lighthouse
    Historic Pt Lookout Lighthouse
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    Pier Adjacent Camp Store
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  • View of Point Lookout Map
    View of Point Lookout Map
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Point Lookout State Park Things to Do

  • Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery

    The actual cemetery where CSA soldiers who died at Point Lookout Prison were buried has been lost to erosion. The former prison site is now on state park property."The monument to these dead list 3,384, but some of the prisoners claimed that several times that many died...some of them were buried in the sand on the beaches and storms and the tides...

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  • Point Lookout Lighthouse Open House...

    The Point Lookout Lighthouse was turned over to the State of Maryland in 2006 and is now open to visitors on select Saturdays April thru November from 10 am until 2 pm. There is no charge to enter the lighthouse, however standard park entrance fees apply (up to $6 per person in peak season; best times to go are April, October and November when the...

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  • Point Lookout State Park Has a LOT to...

    On your next camping expedition, my recommendation is Point Lookout State Park, in Scotland, MD.Located in historic St. Mary's County, the park is delightful! Park Staff are friendly! There is even an HONOR system in place, after hours, if you need wood for your campfire, or ICE. Wood is $5 a bundle. Useful little firestarters (in plastic, cupcake...

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  • Point Lookout Lighthouse

    Point Lookout has a lighthouse cupola on top of a regular house. The lighthouse was white when we first saw it, but it has now been repainted in the original colors and is in the process of being listed in the National Historic Register. The lighthouse is said to be haunted.The Point Lookout lighthouse is near the former site of a notorious Civil...

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  • Prison

    Point Lookout is probably best known as the location of a Union hospital and prison camp during the Civil War. My southern great grandfather was held prisoner here and my grand aunt told me stories about how he got lice there and she would pick nits out of his hair for him. A lot of the prisoners weren't so lucky as to go home to their families.

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  • Contraband Camp

    During the Civil War many negro slaves escaped from the south into northern Contraband Camps. Many of these were located near Union bases. The former slaves were hired to work for the Union Army and many here in Southern Maryland worked at the prisoner of war camp.

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  • State Of MD Monument to Confederate...

    Located next to the Federal memorial you will find the State of Marylands monument to the Confederate dead from the prisoner of war camp.

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  • Monument to the Confederate Civil War...

    Located in Scotland, Maryland just a few miles north of Point Lookout you will find the Memorial to the men who died at the prisoner of war camp. This is the only monument to the veterans of the Confederate States to be found in the north. There are two monuments here. The one pictured here is the monument erected by the Federal goverment.

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  • Point Look Out Civil War Camp

    Less than a mile north of the Point Lookout Lighthouse is the site of the largest northern Civil War prisoner of war camp. The camp is located on Point Lookout between the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. At the time of the camp the area was completely barren and isolated. The camp was set up after the Battle at Gettysburg. The camp was only...

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  • Documented Haunted Light House

    I had read much about the Point Lookout Lighthouse before actually visiting here for the first time. I had not expected it to be in such a state of disrepair. The lighthouse is not your traditional tall tower like building. The lighthouse is beacon attached to the lighthouse keepers house. It now belongs to the Dept of the Navy and is closed to the...

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  • A unique view of the Chesapeake Bay

    The view of the Chesapeake Bay at Point Lookout is unsurpassed. Even on a clear day its almost impossible to see across to the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Point Lookout. This is the Bay at its widest. Its almost like looking out into the Atlantic Ocean instead of an inland bay. Today there is a State Park at Point Lookout. There is an...

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  • Ghost Walk

    Every Halloween the Friends of Point Lookout help put on the Ghost Walk. It is a walk through the park with reinactments of shipwrecks and at the prison, the fort, and the hospital. It could potentially be a little scary for young children, but there are always lots of children there. At the end, there are games and food at the recreation area.

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Point Lookout State Park Local Customs

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    Tracking Station antenna

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The lighthouse, which was built in 1830 was sold to the Navy in 1965 and dismantled. The lighthouse is not a part of the State Park, and normally is off limits.

    The sign says:

    Point Lookout
    Tracking Station
    Chesapeake Test Range
    Naval Air Test Center
    Patuxent River, Maryland
    Call 863-1188


    In 2004, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer got the funds relocate the Theodolite Tracking System from Point Lookout to a safer, more secure location so that the lighthouse can become part of the State Park and eventually be opened again to the public.

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Point Lookout State Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Water close to the Road

    Because the park is very low-lying, there often is a problem with high water coming over the roads. During Hurricane Isabel, when the tidal surge came up more than 5 feet above the highest tide level, the roads at Point Lookout were severely damaged, and the park was closed for a considerable time to be repaired.Due to the extensive damage from...

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  • Civil War Museum hours

    Be aware that due to staffing problems, this museum is only open on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) until the end of October. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.My son and his family were here on a Wednesday. To get to the museum, you need a number to operate an entrance gate . If you try to go IN on the OUT road, you...

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  • Temporary Warning

    This sign was posted at the park when we visited. It wasn't a problem, since we didn't intend to swim anyway. The restriction was lifted within the week.

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Point Lookout State Park What to Pack

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    by rjoneill Written Aug 29, 2009

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy shoes to climb, walk on, large rocks (to prevent ankle injuries)

    Photo Equipment: Great place to apply your photography skills!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Deep Woods OFF for summer visits to Pt. Lookout
    Sunscreen (sparse tree cover) (Point Fishing, no shade)
    Large Umbrella
    Sunglasses

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Point Lookout State Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing

    # Fishing - Fishing is quite a big activity at this park which has shore fishing in the Chesapeake, the Potomac and Lake Conway.The park features three fishing areas available 24 hours, including a 710 foot pier (24 hour operation May 1-November 30). Between December 16, 2004 and March 24, 2005 the pier will be closed for the season. Effective...

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  • Swimming

    Swimming is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty. The beach area has grills, picnic tables, and a playground. Facilities include showers and restrooms.

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  • Boats

    A boat launch facility and fish-cleaning station are available for boaters. Boat rentals and supplies are also available at the camp store. Boat launch service charge is $10 per launch, valid 24 hours a day from April-October. Boat launch service charge is $10 per launch when the facility operates sunrise to sunset November - March. Between...

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Point Lookout State Park Favorites

  • Day Use

    Off season, the entrance booths are not manned and the fees are on the honor system. We pulled up to the booth here and read the instructions, put our money in an envelope and depositied it in the box.In the offseason, the charge is $3 per vehicle; out-of-state residents $4 per vehicle. Day use service charges are valid for park use from 6 a.m. to...

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  • Point Lookout State Park

    This park is just down the road from the marina where we have our boat, and we pass it each time we go out to the Chesapeake in the boat. 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 park map is available at park headquarters, the...

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