Visit St. Mary's County Maryland

Where the Potomac & the Chesapeake meet

Elm’s Beach Park

Five hundred feet of shoreline with unsupervised swimming, picnicking and fishing. The park has a picnic pavilion, playground, portable restrooms, changing area and parking.

Hours of Operation:

Spring, Summer and Fall Months:   April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November - The park is open

  • Monday through Friday - for vehicular traffic and all pedestrian users from 7:00 a.m. until sunset.  The park is not staffed during the weekdays.  There are no entrance fees during the week.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Holidays:  8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The park is staffed during the Weekends and Holidays. Entrance fees are charged on weekends and holidays. (See fees here.)

Winter Months:  December, January, February, March

  • Weekday and Weekend: The park gate is closed for vehicular traffic.  You may walk in the park during these months.  No fees are charged at any time.

Fees begin for weekends only beginning the first weekend in May through Labor Day. For more information, visit

May 4, 2019 through September 2, 2019 Weekends and Holidays
Fee: Walk-Ins and Bicyclers, Groups of 4 or a single person will be charged.

County Resident $7.00 per Vehicle
Out of County Resident $15.00 per vehicle

One Park - County Resident = $25.00
One Park - Out of County Resident = $60.00

Two Parks - County Resident = $30.00
Two Parks – Out of County Resident = $70.00

Three Parks – County Resident = $55.00

Three Parks – Out of County Resident = $115.00

Hunting Information: Bow Hunting Only, starting on Sept. 15 (deer hunting only). Hunting permit is required and can be obtained at the Recreation & Parks office at 23150, Patuxent Building, Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Only 5 hunters allowed in the hunting area at any one time and there is a sign in sheet at the park entrance. (19350 Back Door Road, Lexington Park, Md. 20653). For hunting on Elm's Beach property managed by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, please call Maryland DNR for more information and permitting at 301-743-5161.

For more information about this park, please contact St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks 301-475-4200 ext. 71800.


Take Rt. 235 south to past the turn for St. Mary's City. Take Forest Landing Road (the next left). Look for park entrance on the left. A small park that connects to the county board of education environmental education property at Elms Beach. Good for edge, pine forest/shrub, marsh, beach, and bay front birding.

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23115 Leonard Hall Dr.
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, MD 20650


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