Calvert Cliffs State Park

Lusby, Maryland 20657

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Calvert Cliffs State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
3.7 miles
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Year-round but best from fall to spring
Hunting, Birding
Additional Use
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 301-743-7613,
Local Contacts
Maryland Department of Natural Resources,
Local Maps