Along the lines of Maryland’s big contribution in our Nation’s history, there are many places set aside as tourism centric. There are also many places within Maryland state and specifically within a days’ drive of Baltimore city that have dual status both as historic and scenic. Next year represents the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812. This anniversary is especially poignant to the Baltimore region. Without delving into too much of the war history, North Point State Park located off North Point Road in Edgemere had a critical role in that war. It was at North Point during the war of 1812 that Baltimore’s General John Stricker (possibly a relative), fought off an attempt by the British to land and invade Baltimore.
During one period of time the grounds of the park belonged to Bethlehem Steel and was the spot on which Bay Shore Amusement park was built. Now the only real remnants of the Bay shore park are the restored Trolly Building and the beautiful Fountain. The Trolly was where Amusement park goers would disembark from Baltimore and embark back to the City during the 1900’s when the Bay shore park was open. This State park has many picnic benches and the Trolly building can be rented for big groups. Additional activities are wading, swimming and fishing. There is a main pier as well as a jetty where one can walk about five hundred to one thousand feet into the surrounding bay. The jetty lends itself to fishing and photography. Ample wild life flourishes in the park. There is a three dollar entrance fee so take a few dollars along. They have plenty of vehicle lot space, vending machines and the visitor center has restrooms. The visitor center closes after four pm. The park is roughly 1,300 acres and has hiking trails and enough hard paved road to making bicycling an enjoyable experience there. The defenders trail leads through the park and was a principle route used during the 1812 War.
If you work up a hunger from all that hiking and walking around you may wish to stop by the Bayshore Bar-N-Grill just outside the park on the corner of Miller’s Island Rd and North Point Rd. Open Tuesday through Friday from 11am on. Wednesday they offer one pound steamed shrimp for $8.99 They can be reached at 410-477-1646
The link below shows the general layout of the park.
The visitor center can be reached at 410-477-0757
North Point State Park 8700 North Point Road Edgemere, MD 21219