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Driving Directions – 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

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Updated as of 8/19/17 (added addresses and GPS coordinates)

Concord Point

700 Concord St, Havre De Grace, MD 21078
410-939-3213 www.concordpointlighthouse.org
GPS: 39.540706, ‐76.084774

From Seven Foot Knoll (approx. drive time 50 min)
From Pratt Street past Inner Harbor, get in far left lane, turn left onto President Street. Take next left onto Lombard Street, follow straight 0.7 mi. (10 traffic signals) to Howard Street. Turn left on Howard, continue straight to 395S. Proceed 1.0 mile to 95N on-ramp towards New York. Take 95N approx. 36 miles (thru Fort McHenry Tunnel, $4.00 toll) to Exit 89, Rt. 155. Bear right to Rt. 155 off ramp; proceed 1.3 mi. to Rt. 40. Bear right onto Rt. 40, go 0.4 mi. to traffic light. Bear left at traffic light onto Otsego Street (Rt. 7), follow 0.5 mi. to end of Otsego at railroad underpass. Turn right onto Union Avenue, proceed 0.9 mi. to Lafayette Street. Turn left on Lafayette. Lighthouse is directly ahead, parking on street.


OPTIONAL BONUS:
Millers Island Lighthouse at Dock of The Bay Restaurant


Dock of the Bay Restaurant
9025 Cuckold Point Rd, Sparrows Point, MD 21219
(410) 477-8100 dockofthebay.net
GPS: 39.233887, ­‐76.401899

NOTE: The event souvenirs for Millers Island Light will be available at this location.

To Millers Island Lighthouse:

From Concord Point (approx. drive time 50 min)
At the intersection of Lafayette and Union, turn right onto Union. Proceed 0.9 mi. to Otsego (Rt. 7) at railroad underpass. Turn left on Otsego, then right on Juniata Street, then left on Superior. Follow signs to 95S towards Baltimore. Take 95S approx. 20 miles to I695S via Exit 64. Keep right to Exit 64 then get in left lane to enter I695 to Essex (towards Dundalk/Key Bridge). Enter I695 in approx. 2.0 miles and continue on I695 for approx. 7.0 miles to Exit 42, MD 151/North Point Blvd. towards Sparrows Point (don’t take Exit 40). Follow exit around to the right onto North Point Blvd. Then in 0.2 mile get in far left lane at lighted intersection. Turn left onto North Point Road and proceed 1.7 miles to Millers Island Road (at Bay Shore Bar & Grill). Turn slight left onto Millers Island Road and continue approx. 1.3 miles where it becomes Cuckold Point Road. Continue an additional 0.3 mile to Dock of The Bay Restaurant on the right.

From Seven Foot Knoll (approx. drive time 35 min)
Turn left from Pier 5 Parking lot onto Eastern Ave and continue straight for 4.7 miles to MD 151, North Point Blvd. South. Turn right and stay on North Point Blvd. for approx. 5.0 miles through I695 underpass. Turn left at next intersection onto North Point Road and proceed 1.7 mi. to Millers Island Road (at Bay Shore Bar & Grill). Turn slight left. In approx. 1.3 miles Millers Island Road becomes Cuckold Point Road. Continue an additional 0.3 mi. to Dock of The Bay Restaurant on right.

From Millers Island Lighthouse:

To Concord Point Lighthouse (approx. drive time 50 min)
Turn left exiting Dock of The Bay parking lot onto Cuckold Point Road. Proceed 0.3 miles where Cuckold becomes Millers Island Road. Continue straight for 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn slight right at intersection onto North Point Road and proceed 1.7 mi. to lighted intersection at North Point Blvd. (MD151). Turn right and merge onto I695N Beltway towards Essex. Stay on I695N for approx. 10 miles and merge onto I95N via Exit 33 towards New York. Take I95N approx. 16 miles to Exit 89, Rt. 155. Bear right onto Rt. 155 off ramp. Proceed 1.3 miles to Rt. 40. Bear right onto Rt. 40, go 0.4 miles to traffic light. Bear left at traffic light onto Otsego Street (Rt. 7), follow 0.5 miles to end of Otsego at railroad underpass. Turn right onto Union Avenue and proceed 0.9 miles to Lafayette Street. Turn left on Lafayette. Lighthouse is directly ahead, parking on street.

To Seven Foot Knoll (approx. drive time 35 min)
Turn left exiting Dock of The Bay parking lot onto Cuckold Point Road. Proceed 0.3 miles where Cuckold becomes Millers Island Road and continue straight 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn slight right at intersection onto North Point Road and proceed 1.7 mi. to lighted intersection at North Point Blvd. (MD151). Turn right and merge onto I695N Beltway towards Essex. Proceed for approx. 3.4 mi. keeping right and merge onto MD151 via Exit 40 (NOT Cove Road, Exit 41). Continue approx. 1.5 miles and exit onto Rt. 150 West to Eastern Ave towards Baltimore. Continue straight on Eastern Ave for 4.7 mi. to its end passing through the last intersection of Eastern and Presidents Street into the Pier 5 Parking area. The lighthouse is located on your left at the end of Pier 5. Suggestion: Pier V (Five) Parking Garage is on right.

 


Seven Foot Knoll / Chesapeake Lightship (LV116)

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
410-396-3453 www.historicships.org
GPS: Seven Foot Knoll, Pier 5 – 39.283591, -76.605359
GPS: Chesapeake Lightship, Pier 3 –   39.285733, -76.608805

Note: Challenge volunteers and souvenirs for both attractions will be at the lighthouse only (no charge to climb). If you wish to board the lightship, there will be a $5.00 pp fee after 10 a.m.

From Concord Point (approx. drive time 50 min)
At the intersection of Lafayette and Union, turn right onto Union. Proceed 0.9 mi. to Otsego (Rt. 7) at railroad underpass. Turn left on Otsego, then right on Juniata Street, then left on Superior. Follow signs to 95S towards Baltimore. Take 95S approx. 36 miles (thru Fort McHenry Tunnel, $4 toll). Take Exit 53, Rt. 395. Go past the first sign directing you to the Inner Harbor. Proceed to Pratt Street and turn right at Convention Center. Proceed on Pratt and park in street, garage, lot or metered parking in the vicinity of Pier 5. Lighthouse is located at end of Pier 5. Suggestion: Pier V (Five) Parking Garage (Pier V at Pratt).

From Hooper Strait (approx. drive time 1 hr 20 min)
From Museum parking lot, turn left on Talbot Street (East Rt. 33), go 9.5 mi. to Rt. 322. Turn left on Rt. 322, proceed 2.0 mi. to Rt. 50W at traffic signal. Continue straight onto Rt. 50W, then 39.8 mi. (crossing Bay Bridge, no toll) to exit 21, Rt. 97N. Proceed 21.3 mi. on Rt. 97N to 695W (exit 17A-toward Baltimore). Drive 2.0 mi. to exit 7B, the Baltimore Washington Parkway (Rt. 295). Follow parkway 5.3 mi. to Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore. Turn right on Pratt, proceed past the Convention Center to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Park in street, garage, lot or metered parking in the vicinity of Pier 5. Lighthouse is located at end of Pier 5. Suggestion: Pier V (Five) Parking Garage (Pier V at Pratt).

 


OPTIONAL BONUS: Sandy Point Shoal


Sandy Point State Park
1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409
410-974-2772 http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/sandypoint.aspx
GPS: 39.017371, -76.399300

Note: This caisson lighthouse is NOT a required stop along the Challenge route. Vehicle passengers can clearly view the lighthouse from the western portion of the Bay Bridge. You will cross this bridge on Rt. 50 between Baltimore (Seven Foot Knoll) and St. Michaels (Hooper Strait). You can enter the park for a closer view. Souvenirs and Challenge volunteers WILL NOT be set up at this location. A souvenir of this lighthouse will be available at the Hooper Strait location for all Challengers whether or not they choose to enter the park.  Park fees: $3 per vehicle.

Directions: The Park (open 6:00 a.m. to sunset) is at the western terminus of the Bay Bridge; follow the signs to Sandy Point State Park – exit 32. The guard can direct you to the lighthouse.


Hooper Strait

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 North Talbot Street, St Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2916 www.cbmm.org
GPS: 38.787342, -76.220260

Note: Challenge set-up outside main museum entrance. If you do not wish to enter the museum grounds to access the lighthouse, souvenirs will be available at the main museum entrance (no charge).

From Seven Foot Knoll (approx. drive time 1 hr 20 min)
From Pratt Street past the Inner Harbor, get in far left lane, turn left onto President Street. Take next left onto Lombard Street, follow straight 0.7 mi. (10 traffic signals) to Howard Street. Turn left on Howard, continue straight onto 395S. Proceed 1.0 mile to 95S on-ramp towards Washington. Take 95S 3.6 mi. to left lane exit 49A to 695E (Glen Burnie/Annapolis). Follow 695E 4.0 mi. to Rt. 97S junction towards Annapolis. Proceed approx. 18 mi. on 97S to Rt. 50E. Take 50E 40.8 mi. (cross Bay Bridge, $4.00 toll) to Rt. 322, just north of Easton. Bear right onto Rt. 322, go 2.0 mi. to Rt. 33 (St. Michaels Road). Turn right on Rt. 33, proceed 9.5 mi. to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum entrance (in downtown St. Michaels just beyond Mill Street). Turn right into museum parking area.

From Choptank River Lighthouse (approx. drive time 45 min)
From lighthouse parking area, proceed on High Street to first light (Church St.). Turn left on Church St. for 0.2 miles past Gay St. to Market St. lighted intersection. Turn left and proceed across drawbridge onto Maryland Ave. Continue on Maryland Ave. for 0.5 miles to Route 50W. Turn left onto Rt. 50W proceed across the Choptank River Bridge and go 12.3 miles to Rt. 322. Turn left onto Rt 322 and proceed 3.0 mi. to Rt. 33 (St. Michaels Road). Turn left on Rt. 33, proceed 9.5 mi. to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum entrance (in downtown St. Michaels just beyond Mill Street). Turn right into museum parking area.

 


Choptank River Lighthouse Replica

Pier A at Long Wharf Park
100 High St, Cambridge, MD 21613
410-463-2653 www.choptankriverlighthouse.org
GPS: 38.575708, -76.071922

From Hooper Strait (approx. drive time 45 min)
From Museum parking lot, turn left on Talbot Street (East Rt. 33), go 9.5 mi. to Rt. 322. Turn right on Rt. 322, proceed 3.0 mi. and merge onto Rt. 50E. Drive approx. 12.1 mi. on Rt. 50E. Cross the Malkus Bridge over the Choptank River, entering Cambridge. Turn right at the first light onto Maryland Avenue. Go through two traffic lights for approx. 0.5 mi. Cross the Cambridge Creek drawbridge and take an immediate right onto Spring Street. At the second light, turn right onto High Street. Continue for 0.3 miles until you reach the river at Long Wharf Park. You’ll see the lighthouse at the end of Pier A.

From Drum Point (approx. drive time 2 hrs 35 min)
Exit Calvert Marine Museum and turn right onto Rt. 2, then follow to left lane entrance onto Rt. 2-4 North to Annapolis. Proceed approx. 28 mi. to Rt. 2 North. Turn right on Rt. 2 N toward Annapolis, drive approx. 13 mi. to traffic circle, then right on Rt. 2 North (Annapolis). Proceed straight on Rt. 2 (Solomons Island Rd.) approx. 13 mi. to Rt. 50E (on-ramp). Drive approx. 56 mi. on Rt. 50E (crossing Bay Bridge, $4.00 toll). Cross the Malkus Bridge over the Choptank River, entering Cambridge.  Turn right at the first light onto Maryland Avenue. Go through 2 traffic lights for approx. 0.5 mi. Cross the Cambridge Creek drawbridge and take an immediate right onto Spring Street. At the second light, turn right on High Street. Continue for 0.3 miles until you reach the river at Long Wharf Park. You’ll see the lighthouse at the end of Pier A.

 


Drum Point and Cove Point

Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2042  www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
GPS: 38.331130, -76.464596

Last shuttle to Cove point will depart at 5:30 p.m.

Note: You will not be able to access Cove Point directly. Mandatory (FREE) shuttle will be from the Calvert Marine Museum.

Note: You will not be able to access Cove Point directly. Mandatory (FREE) shuttle will be from the Calvert Marine Museum.

From Choptank River Lighthouse (approx. drive time 2 hour 30 min)
From lighthouse parking area, proceed on High Street to first light (Church St.). Turn left on Church St. for 0.2 miles past Gay St. to Market St. lighted intersection. Turn left and proceed across drawbridge onto Maryland Ave. Continue on Maryland Ave. for 0.5 miles to Route 50W. Turn left onto Rt. 50W proceed across the Choptank River Bridge. Continue straight onto Rt. 50W for approx. 56 mi. (cross Bay Bridge – no toll) to Exit 23A (Parole) to Rt. 2 South (Solomons Island Rd.). Continue approx. 13 mi. to traffic circle, follow sign to Rt. 2 to Prince Frederick. Proceed approx. 13 mi., bear left on Rt. 2-4 South to Prince Frederick/Solomons. Continue straight approx. 28 mi. to Solomons Island Rd. exit just before Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge. Follow signs to the Calvert Marine Museum.

From Point Lookout (approx. drive time 45 min)
Leave the Point Lookout State Park via the main drive. Continue north on Rt. 5 for 7.1 miles – until you reach the blinking light at Rt. 5 and Rt. 235. Turn right onto Rt. 235N. Continue north on Rt. 235, for 17.3 miles, pass the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Turn right onto Rt. 4 north. Continue on Rt. 4 N for 4 miles. Cross over the Thomas Johnson Bridge to Solomons, MD. After crossing the bridge – bear right immediately and follow signs for the Calvert Marine Museum. Turn left into the museum complex.

 


Point Lookout

Point Lookout State Park
10350 Point Lookout Rd, Lexington Park, MD 20653
301-872-5688 www.PLLPS.org and
dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/pointlookout.aspx
GPS: 38.038799, -76.322088

From Drum Point (approx. drive time 45 min)
From the Calvert Marine Museum, follow Rt. 4 South over the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Continue on Rt. 4 for 4 miles to traffic light. Turn left onto Rt. 235 South. Follow Rt. 235 for 17.3 miles to Rt. 5 South. Rt. 235 dead ends at blinking light at Rt. 5. Turn left onto Rt. 5. Continue towards the Point Lookout State Park. The lighthouse is located at the end of Rt. 5 within the park. Stay on the main drive through the park until you reach the lighthouse or designated parking for the Challenge.

From Piney Point (approx. drive time 30 min)
Go back out Lighthouse Road, 1.4 miles. Turn left onto Rt. 249N and continue for 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Rt. 5 S and continue heading south (20.8 miles) passing through St. Mary’s City. Follow signs to Point Lookout State Park. The lighthouse is located at the end of Rt. 5 within the park. Stay on the main drive through the park until you reach the lighthouse or designated parking for the Challenge.

 


Piney Point

Museum and Historic Park
44701 Lighthouse Rd, Piney Point, MD 20674
301-994-1471 www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums
GPS: 38.136660, -76.529110

From Point Lookout (approx. drive time 30 min)
Return to Rt. 5. Turn left onto Rt. 5 North for 20.8 miles. In Callaway, turn left onto Rt. 249S (Piney Pt. Road) and continue for 7.7 miles to Lighthouse Road. (Maryland Landmark sign). Turn right and follow Lighthouse Road for 1.4 miles to museum and parking area.

From Fort Washington (approx. drive time 1.5 hrs)
SHORT CUT: (using Old Fort Road South) This Rt. is NOT recommended for RVs, extra long vehicles. Exit Park onto Fort Washington Road, turn right onto Old Fort Road South (a winding two lane road) and return to Rt. 210 (Indian Head Highway) then follow directions at**.

STANDARD Rt. (for all vehicles): Exit park onto Fort Washington Road and return to Rt. 210**.
**Turn right on Rt. 210 south. Turn left onto Rt. 228 East. Follow Rt. 228 to Rt. 5 South. At Rt. 5/Rt. 235 split, continue on Rt. 5 South until you come to State Rt. 249 in Callaway. Turn right at traffic signal onto Rt. 249 South (Piney Point Road) and go approx. 7.7 miles to Lighthouse Road. (Maryland Landmark sign). Turn right and follow Lighthouse Road for 1.4 miles to museum and parking area.

 


OPTIONAL BONUS: Blackistone Lighthouse Replica


St. Clement’s Island Museum
38370 Point Breeze Rd, Coltons Point, MD 20626
(301) 769-2222
GPS: 38.225145, -76.751136

Last boat to the Island departs at 5:00 p.m.

Note: Chesapeake Chapter volunteers WILL NOT be set up at this location. (You will need to allow an additional hour at this location, plus an additional 45 minutes driving time). Visiting this replica on St. Clement’s Island, the birthplace of Maryland, will require a short boat ride to and from the St. Clement’s Island Museum on the mainland ($7.00 charge). The first boat in the morning will depart from the Museum to the Island at 8:30 a.m, the last boat will depart from the Island to the Museum at 5:30 p.m. each day. High winds/heavy rains could cause boat cancellation. Call ahead in the event of inclement weather (301) 769-2222. You will be able to pick up the Blackistone Lighthouse souvenir at the lighthouse or at the Museum in the event that the boat is cancelled.
Tower will be open for climbing/ Donations welcome. Handicapped Access – Museum on mainland only.

To Blackistone Lighthouse
From Fort Washington (approximately 1.5 hours)

Exit park onto Fort Washington Road and return to Rt. 210. Turn right on Rt. 210S and proceed 6 mi. to Rt. 228E. Turn left and continue 8.7 mi. crossing the Rt. 301 intersection just before merging onto Rt. 5S. Continue on Rt. 5S for 17.9 mi. to 5/235 split. At Rt. 5/235 split, bear right and continue on Rt. 5S to Rt. 242 in Morganza. Turn right at blinking light onto Rt. 242S and continue 4.0 mi. to traffic signal in Clements. Proceed straight on Rt. 242 for approx. 9.0 mi. to Colton’s Point. Turn left on Bay View Road at St. Clement’s Island Museum sign. Follow road to Museum parking area on the left.

From Piney Point (approx. drive time 45 min)
Return to Rt. 249N via Lighthouse Road (1.3 mi.). Make a left onto Rt. 249N and drive approx. 7.7 mi. to traffic signal. Make a left onto Rt. 5N and drive 10.2 mi. Turn left on Rt. 234. Continue 3.5 mi to stop light in Clements. At light, turn left on Rt. 242. Continue on Rt. 242 for approx. 9.0 mi. to Colton’s Point. Turn left on Bay View Road at St. Clement’s Island Museum sign. Follow road to Museum parking area on the left.

From Blackistone Lighthouse:
To Piney Point (approximately 45 minutes)
Exit St. Clement’s Island Museum parking area by turning right on Bay View Road. At the stop sign turn right on Rt. 242N, drive approx. 9.0 mi. to traffic signal in Clements. Turn right onto Rt. 234S. Continue 3.5 mi. and merge onto Rt. 5S. Continue on Rt. 5S 10.2 mi. to Rt. 249 in Callaway. Turn right at traffic signal onto Rt. 249S (Piney Point Road) and go approx. 7.7 mi. to Lighthouse Road. Turn right and follow Lighthouse Road for 1.4 miles to museum and parking area.

To Fort Washington (approximately 1.5 hours)
Exit St. Clement’s Island Museum parking area by turning right on Bay View Road. At the stop sign turn right onto Rt. 242N, drive approx. 9.0 mi. to traffic signal in Clements. Go straight (across intersection) and continue on Rt. 242N for approx. 4.0 mi. to stop sign. Turn left onto Rt. 5N and drive 4.7 mi. to traffic signal. Go left and continue on Rt. 5N for 16.9 mi. Rt. 5/301 turns right, BUT YOU CONTINUE STRAIGHT on Business 5N for 1.7 mi. until you cross Rt. 301 and road becomes Rt. 228. Continue on Rt. 228 for approx. 7.0 mi. where Rt. 228 goes to the right and becomes 210N. Continue on 210N for approx. 6.0 mi. Turn left onto Fort Washington Road. Continue 3.3 mi. to the park entrance. Make a right off the main road onto L’Enfant Road (sign points to “Fishing Area/Lighthouse”.) Follow L’Enfant Road down to the River. There is a sign in the parking area at the end of the road. Walk the last few 100 yards to the Light Tower.

 


Fort Washington

Fort Washington National Park
13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744
301-763-4600 www.nps.gov/fowa
GPS: 38.712319, -77.036882

Note: Speed bumps have been added to the section of road leading to the park from approx. Old Fort Road South to the park entrance. Drivers must go 20 MPH or less to avoid scraping the under carriage.

From Piney Point (approx. drive time 1.5 hrs)
Return to Rt. 249N via Lighthouse Road (1.3 mi.). Make a left onto Rt. 249N and drive approx. 7.0 mi. Make a left onto Rt. 5N and drive 19.1 mi. to a dead end, turn left and continue on 5N for 16.9 mi. Follow Business 5N for 1.7 miles until you cross Rt. 301. Continue on Rt. 228 for 6.6 mi where Rt 228 goes to the right and becomes 210N. Continue on 210N for 5.8 miles. Turn left onto Fort Washington Road and continue east to park entrance. **

From VA or MD on I-95 (Capital Beltway)
From Virginia – driving on I-95 North, take local lanes into MD. Take Exit 3A, second exit after crossing the Wilson Bridge, marked “Indian Head, Rt. 210 South”. Drive south on 210 approximately 4.0 miles to Fort Washington Road, turn right and continue east to park entrance. **

From Maryland – I-95 South, take local lanes: onto Exit 3. Rt. 210 marked “Forest Hgts/Indian Head” and follow signs for 210 South to Indian Head. Drive south on 210 approximately 4.0 miles to Fort Washington Road, turn right and continue east to park entrance. **

** Make a right off of the main road onto L’Enfant Road (sign points to “Fishing Area/Lighthouse”) Follow L’Enfant Road down to the river. There is a parking area at the end of the road and then walk the last few 100 yards to the light tower.

 


Challenge Information


Visit our website, cheslights.org/maryland-lighthouse-challenge, for accompanying and up-to-date Challenge Information, and any late breaking changes should they occur.

  • Merchandise commemorating this event will be available at select sites along the route.
  • Complimentary Souvenirs available as long as supplies last.
  • Fees, schedules and access to lighthouses are set by each Maryland lighthouse organization and are subject to change.
  • This event will be held RAIN or SHINE. Hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, unless otherwise noted.
  • One or more of the Challenge lights require that anyone climbing the lighthouses must have shoes on with heel support – i.e., cannot climb in flip flops, open sandals without a strap around the heel, etc.
  • 42 inch height requirement to climb Concord Point Light. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all stops along the Challenge route.
  • Some of the lighthouse locations and gift stores do not accept credit cards.
  • Bay Bridge can be monitored in real time at 1-877-BAYSPAN
  • Check gasbuddy.com for the lowest gas prices along your route. Download their app.
  • Please drive safely and obey posted speed limits AT ALL TIMES.

Maryland Challenge Route CHALLENGE LIGHTS:

  • Choptank River Lighthouse Replica
  • Concord Point
  • Seven Foot Knoll
  • Chesapeake Lightship
  • Cove Point
  • Drum Point
  • Fort Washington
  • Hooper Strait
  • Piney Point
  • Point Lookout

BONUS LIGHTS:

  • Millers Island, visible offshore from the
    Dock of the Bay Restaurant, Sparrows Point
  • Blackistone Lighthouse Replica (by boat),
    St. Clement’s Island
  • Sandy Point Shoal, visible offshore from Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis

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