If you are looking for a fun day trip off the beaten path, look no further than Calvert Cliffs State Park! A perfect place to hike through (on a boardwalk) freshwater and tidal marshlands, cool off in the Bay, fish, play at the recycled tire playground and the best place in MD to find sharks teeth and other fossils!
A Brief History
The Cliffs were formed over 10 to 20 million years ago when Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded the cliffs were exposed and over time began eroding. Today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species! The massive cliffs dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for roughly 24 miles in Calvert County. (Although only a small sandy beach is open to the public.)
The Calvert Cliffs’ beach area is a sandy quarter mile stretch located on the Chesapeake Bay. (I thought the beach area was surprising small, but not many people were there and there was plenty of room to spread out)
The shortest route to the beach is the 1.8 mile Red Trail. Make sure you wear proper walking shoes. It’s quite the struggle to walk 4 miles round trip in uncomfortable flip flops! (yes, I figured this out by experience) And on a HOT day bring LOTS OF WATER! (yes, I also figured that out the hard way).
*Please remember to PACK OUT everything you PACKED IN
FYI – No lifeguard is present and swimming is at your own risk. And remember this is the bay, so come late summer beware of the jelly fish.
Fossil hunting can be done at the open beach area at the end of the Red Trail. Over 600 species of fossils from the Miocene era (10 to 20 million years ago) have been identified in the Calvert Cliffs, oyster shells and sharks teeth are the most common finds.
We were there for a few hours and I found 3 sharks teeth!
Sieves and shovels can be used to sift the sand for fossils.
**CLIFFS SAFETY NOTICE**
Due to the danger of landslides caused by active cliff erosion, CLIMBING ON AND WALKING BENEATH THE CLIFFS IS PROHIBITED. This area is permanently closed.
It is illegal to collect fossils beneath the cliffs.
Trails and Trail Maps
Designated as a wild lands area, 1,079 acres of the park are preserved for hiking and nature appreciation. That is 13 miles of marked trails that are open to the public. Cyclists and equestrians are allowed, but check the web site for details. Calvert Cliffs State Park
A new map of the trails at Calvert Cliffs State Park can be downloaded for free. Click Here for the MAP
Other Helpful Info:
Take Route 2/4 south to approximately 14 miles south of Prince Frederick. Exit onto H.G. Trueman Road. You will be facing the park entrance immediately.
or type this into your GPS…
Calvert Cliffs State Park
10540 H. G. Trueman Road
Hours of Operation:
Sunrise to sunset and check the website for Park entrance fees and Covid policies– HERE
Pet Policy: Leashed pets are allowed in Calvert Cliffs State Park.
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