North Point State Park: Black Marsh Trail

Dundalk, MD
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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If you’re looking for flat, then you’ve got the right trail. This trail has a total rise of 13 feet and that’s it!

Once you enter the gate, pull off to the left and park in the front lot. The entrance to the trail is on thr north side of the parking lot.

Almost all of this hike can be muddy if not sopping wet due to this being a Marsh so please consider this prior to moving along. The first portion of the hike you’ll be walking through a tunnel of low branches and vines. About a quarter mile in you’ll begin to see glimpses of the Black Marsh itself. When there becomes two paths, either one works as they essentially parallel one another. Once you get to the clearing and you are now in the middle of the marsh, observe all the wonderful birds, beavers and insects surrounding you. At one point along the path one side of the marsh may be discharging to the other (depending on tides). This alone can entertain kids for awhile.

If the path to the observation deck trail is open (on the right at the top of the damn by the Blue Heron informational sign) enjoy the side trail stretching your sight well into the center of the marsh.

Continuing along, you’ll notice a large shell of a building with plenty of graphic graffiti (if you have a young reader don’t stop too long). On the back of the building is a split trial, take it. You’re now at the Bay although the beach is riddled with garbage and glass (and sea glass).

Back on the trail again continue until you see another trail splitting off to thr right. Follow this trail to the old pier. It’s mostly sunken in the water but a cool view of carnage, cement and rebar plus some sunken ships at the end.

Back on the main trail, you’ll soon intersect with the park road. Follow this back to the parking lot. Your views are now of fields and there’s not too much shade, but it’s a much shorter route back.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 13 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Tree Climbing, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Pets are allowed in the park, but must be leashed. Pets are not allowed in developed areas of the park from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. Call the park for more info (410) 477-0757. Signs are posted. Developed areas are considered the areas around the Visitors Center, water access area, Parking Lot B and the trolley station.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a required service charge fee in effect year round. The fees are as follows:

* From Memorial Day weekend until Labor day on weekends and holidays, the entry fee is $4 per vehicle for in-state vehicles and $6 per vehicle for out of state vehicles.

* Memorial Day to Labor weekdays: $3 per vehicle for In-state vehicles; $5 per vehicle for out of state vehicles

* Day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend: $3 per vehicle for in-state vehicles; $5 per vehicle for out of state vehicles.

* There will be an attendant in the booth to collect your required entry fee. If no attendant is present, please proceed to the yellow service charge box and follow directions on posted sign for service charge fee.

* Payment options: Cash or check

* During our summer season, please consider safely carpooling as the park is subject to closing due to full capacity on busy summer weekends and holidays. Please consider contacting the park ahead of time at 410-477-0757 before you leave for your visit.

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Trail Map

Getting There

695 South Exit 42 – North Point Blvd./Sparrows Point. Bear right onto 151 South — North Point Blvd. First left onto Rte. 20 Edgemere/Ft. Howard onto North Point Rd. Proceed approximately 1.8 miles, park entrance is on left.
695 North Exit 43 — Sparrows Point. Left onto Rte 158 -Bethlehem Blvd towards Edgemere/Fort Howard. Proceed to traffic light at North Point Blvd. Straight through light to 20 South — North Point Rd. Proceed approximately 1.8 miles, park entrance is on left. 
Park Office Phone: (410) 477-0757
Park Office Fax : (410) 477-0361
Labor Day – Memorial Day​