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Point Lookout State Park, Scotland

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Point Lookout State Park is a Maryland state park 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.
Captain John Smith, the famed explorer who surveyed the Mid-Atlantic region for the British Crown, came ashore at Point Lookout in 1608. He surveyed the lands and waters of the area, including the mouth of the Potomac River on the south side of Point Lookout and its small nearby tributary, the St. Mary's River. Smith gave very favorable reports on the area to the king of England, remarking on the abundant game and fishing opportunities, the fertile soil and the strategic military value of the area, overlooking the confluence of the Potomac River, Patuxent River and the St. Mary's River, along with its key vantage point on the Chesapeake Bay itself. All of these factors led him to describe it as a prime spot for a potential British colony.
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  • We camped at Point Lookout for 10 days arriving Friday afternoon August 14 and departing late Sunday morning August 23. We stayed in the Green's Point circle using a travel trailer. We also brought a....  more »
  • One of the best campgrounds around. Great fishing, crabbing, and nature walks. Beautiful views and cool little tackle/marine shop. Would love to give them 5 stars, but go at the wrong time of year and the mosquitoes will wreck havoc on your trip.
  • We didn't stay at the park this time, but rather sailed our catamaran into Lake Canoy and anchored for the night. Beautiful sunset. Calm water with a nice breeze coming in off the Chesapeake Bay. Great anchorage but you have to be careful since there are plenty of shoals. Wouldn't be good for a boat that draws more than 3 or 4 feet.

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