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Point Lookout State Park, Scotland

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Point Lookout State Park is a public recreation area and historic preserve occupying Point Lookout, the southernmost tip of a peninsula formed by the confluence of Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River in St. Mary's County, Maryland. The state park preserves the site of an American Civil War prisoner of war camp and the Point Lookout Light, which was built in 1830. It is the southernmost spot on Maryland's western shore, the coastal region on the western side of the Chesapeake Bay.
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  • The lighthouse is a quiet peaceful place that is never crowded. For the adventurer in you, the lighthouse is rumored to be haunted! 
    The lighthouse is a quiet peaceful place that is never crowded. For the adventurer in you, the lighthouse is rumored to be haunted!  more »
  • Point Lookout State Park is an ideal combination of history, nature, and social interaction within the community, making the location ideal for couples, families, and lone adventurers. Offering views of the Potomac River over rocks and beachheads, the Virginian shoreline over the sunlit water, and Lake Conoy over tall reeds, the natural beauty of the park is immediately apparent. Upon further inspection, the wildlife present in the park reveals itself, from catfish to eagles to the smallest of chickadees, effortlessly bolstering the physical beauty of the park. Featuring the Prisoner of War Camp and the reconstruction of Fort Lincoln, the historical importance of the sight can almost be understated and go unnoticed. If visitors take the time to walk the walls of the fort and read the signs of the POW buried in the wooded areas, the value of the visit will increase tenfold. Equally, the Point Lookout Lighthouse, which, although closed for renovations, offers spectacular views (and photo opportunities) for those making the effort to walk on its grounds. For those looking to spend a longer time at the park, the fishing, swimming and grilling areas will offer ample opportunity to socialize with friends and meet a few new ones along the way. For the $3 parking fees for Maryland residents is more than worth the long drive down to the tip of the Western Shore. Especially if visitors find that more than one trip is required to make the most of all the State Park has to offer. One of the only downsides to the State Park is that it can be prone to receiving high-levels of foot traffic during the summer reason, including all-day fishers, campers, and those making use of the grilling and swimming areas. For this reason, I’d recommend viewing the historical aspects of the State Park during the off-season.
  • Quick trip to the state park to see what's available. Unfortunately it's February and all facilities are closed - except the entrance gate that charged us $3. Lighthouse grounds were available to walk around but the lighthouse itself was closed. Looks pretty neat so we'll have to come back "in season"

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