Calvert Cliffs State Park

Lusby, Maryland

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Famous for the abundance of fossils and prehistoric shark teeth found along the sandy beaches of the Chesapeake Bay, Calvert Cliffs State Park is a popular destination for hikers and beachcombers alike. The main hiking trail to the beach offers visitors a wonderland of almost mystical beauty as it passes through wetlands and forest. This 1,400-acre park in southern Maryland features beaches flanked by sedimentary cliffs dating back to the Miocene era, about 6–20 million years ago. People can access the beach either by boat or by hiking the trails leading to the shoreline. The most direct route is the Red Trail, a 1.8-mile trek from the Calvert Cliffs State Park entrance. Along the way, you’ll pass protected marshlands peppered with water lilies, submerged tree trunks, and reeds. The marshlands provide a thriving habitat for turtles, bullfrogs, ducks, and a number of bird species.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

Famous for the abundance of fossils and prehistoric shark teeth found along the sandy beaches of the Chesapeake Bay, Calvert Cliffs State Park is a popular destination for hikers and beachcombers alike. The main hiking trail to the beach offers visitors a wonderland of almost mystical beauty as it passes through wetlands and forest. This 1,400-acre park in southern Maryland features beaches flanked by sedimentary cliffs dating back to the Miocene era, about 6–20 million years ago.

People can access the beach either by boat or by hiking the trails leading to the shoreline. The most direct route is the Red Trail, a 1.8-mile trek from the Calvert Cliffs State Park entrance. Along the way, you’ll pass protected marshlands peppered with water lilies, submerged tree trunks, and reeds. The marshlands provide a thriving habitat for turtles, bullfrogs, ducks, and a number of bird species.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lusby
Distance: 3.7 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round but best from fall to spring
Additional Use: Hunting, Birding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 301-743-7613, tinyurl.com/calvertcliffssp
Local Maps: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, tinyurl.com/calvertcliffsmap
Driving Directions: Directions to Calvert Cliffs State Park

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