Newtowne Neck State Park is a public recreation area located in southwest Leonardtown, Maryland which is in St. Mary’s County. The state park sits on a peninsula that is surrounded by Breton Bay, St. Clements Bay, and the Potomac River. The park was part of the state’s purchase of former Jesuit holdings in Southern Maryland in 2009.
The discovery of military ordnance on the site forced the park to close in 2012 but it reopened to the public in 2014.
I will continue this blog but with a hint of dissatisfaction. It seems as if this park was still under development in terms of presenting clear trails to walk on. To further this point I found no trails including signs directing me to them (even though the website stated there were three trails inside the park). I saw signs leading to the beach, there were plenty of those. The path to get there was on the side of the road which thankfully for me it was inside the confines of the recreational area. The traffic was also limited so safety was high while I was walking that route.
Now the positives, the park’s scenery was stunning. I mean staring into the bay was relaxing and made me feel that I was in another part of the country. The water was clear, not the view of ocean waters in the Caribbean but it was transparent all the same.
The park was surrounded by the two bays which was listed earlier, and it showed. I was not the only admirer. There was quite a crowd, more so at the beach. This was the age of Covid-19 and social distancing was being practiced. Not perfect but at the time people practice it much better compared to its respective states across the nation.
So, in conclusion, Newtowne Neck State Park is a beautiful place to decompress and enjoy nature while sitting still. The trails were a non-factor that would disappoint a hiker like me in which it did but the Breton Bay at least gave me a pleasant apology.
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