The Pier extended 1000 feet out into the bay, beginning at the site of the carousel. Often called 'Crystal Pier', its sea walls were built out of concrete. At the park end of the pier, it met up with 600 feet of seawall built to protect the park and streetcar line.
Two small roofed shelters were built near both ends of the pier. A longer shelter was built in the center of the pier. These piers would allow visitors a break from the sun and a chance to admire a perfect view of the bay. At the outer end of the pier a two-story pavillion was erected. The pier was not completed at the time that the park first opened because the builders were having problems pumping the water out of the center of it.
The pier was a popular place for people of the day to stroll and display their fineries. As you can see in the picture above, the pier sported many well dressed visitors.
The pier still exists, but the shelters, the railings and much of the seawall have been removed or have deteriorated. The pier was extensively damaged by Hurrican Isabel in 2003. The damage included a bite-like loss of the tail-end of the pier.
Now it is a popular spot for strollers, fishermen, runners and bikers. A visit to North Point would not be complete without a stroll on the pier.
North Point State Park
"A little slice of heaven on the Chesapeake Bay"