A View of the Chesapeake Bay from Elm’s Beach Park, MD
In all honesty, Southern Maryland’s Elm’s Beach Park doesn’t have all that much going for it: large, sturdy picnic pavilions that are available for rent; a large, well-kept playground with colorful slides and other equipment set on cushy rubber mulch; and unobstructed views of the Chesapeake Bay.
It’s the views of Chesapeake Bay that keep me going back to Elm’s Beach.
Even in winter when the park’s gates are closed, visitors may park at the entrance off Route 235 and walk down the forest-lined gravel road to Elm’s Beach and the bay.
The beach itself is little more than a meandering strip of white sand. It’s punctuated by native grasses and manmade rock banks that deter erosion. The beach is also invariably cluttered with debris that washes up from the bay and that’s left behind by park visitors. Beer cans, remnants of campfires and other litter often make it an unprepossessing sight.
That’s why I keep my eyes up and on the water. No matter how cluttered the sand is, the Chesapeake Bay always provides a beautiful view.
Waterfowl are common at Elm’s Beach. They dive for food off the shore, and sometimes they come ashore, settling down in the sand to rest if few visitors are about.
Fishing is allowed at Elm’s Beach Park, as is swimming, although no lifeguards are provided. When the weather’s warm, I often see sunbathers and anglers there, and the occasional swimmer. I, however, resolutely keep my shoes on. In warm months, the beach is even more cluttered with trash than it is in winter, but the view of the bay from shore - that’s always a pleasurable sight.