Hart-Miller Island State Park Campground

Essex, Maryland

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If you want to feel like a modern day Robinson Crusoe, take a boat to Hart-Miller Island, at the mouth of the Back River in the Chesapeake Bay. OK, it’s not so remote that you’ll feel like that famous castaway, but camping at Hart-Miller is a unique experience in any case. There are some hiking trails on the island, but they’re few, and at 244 acres the park can be exhausted fairly easily. The entire island is considerably larger, more than 1,100 acres, but much of it is off-limits. So don’t expect oodles of recreation. Still, this isn’t why people go to the island. If you’ve spent the day kayaking the area and want a place to stop, fish, swim, and then pitch your tent under the stars and listen to the soft lap of small waves, you couldn’t pick a better location.
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by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

If you want to feel like a modern day Robinson Crusoe, take a boat to Hart-Miller Island, at the mouth of the Back River in the Chesapeake Bay. OK, it’s not so remote that you’ll feel like that famous castaway, but camping at Hart-Miller is a unique experience in any case. There are some hiking trails on the island, but they’re few, and at 244 acres the park can be exhausted fairly easily.

The entire island is considerably larger, more than 1,100 acres, but much of it is off-limits. So don’t expect oodles of recreation. Still, this isn’t why people go to the island. If you’ve spent the day kayaking the area and want a place to stop, fish, swim, and then pitch your tent under the stars and listen to the soft lap of small waves, you couldn’t pick a better location.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Essex
Campsites: 22
Season: Year-round; limited services  after October
Additional Use: Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Birding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 410-592-2897 dnr2.maryland.gov
Fees per Night: $6
Facilities: Water and restrooms on Hart-Miller at main camping area;  limited services after October
Driving Directions: Directions to Hart-Miller Island State Park Campground

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