St. Mary’s City, Ridge, St. Inigoes, Scotland, Point Lookout, Dameron, Park Hall
To the Point. St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City are located here. Find bed & breakfasts, seafood dives, marinas and charter boats, plus popular Point Lookout State Park.
In a Nutshell
Route 5 and Route 235 converge in “South County” at the tip of the St. Mary’s Peninsula where Point Lookout State Park is located. St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City border the picturesque St. Mary’s River. The latter is Maryland’s original settlement and original capital and is now a renowned outdoor living history museum. The area offers seafood restaurants, marinas and charter fishing plus bed & breakfasts and a winery. Point Lookout State Park is a favorite for fishing and camping. The flat terrain makes South County a great place to cycle - this is the end point of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.
During the Civil War Point Lookout State Park was a prison camp that held 50,000 Confederate soldiers. One of the three related memorials outside the park’s entrance is the only federal monument dedicated to the Confederate soldier.