Calvert Cliffs State Park

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Calvert Cliffs State Park

Maryland

(301) 743-7613

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Overview

Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, recycled tire playground, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails located in Calvert County. The massive cliffs from which Calvert Cliffs State Park was named dominates the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for thirty miles in Calvert County and were formed over 15 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded 20 to 25 million years ago, marking the end of the Miocene period, cliffs were exposed and began eroding. Today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species including sharks, whales, rays, and seabirds that were the size of small airplanes. Over 600 species of fossils have been identified from these cliffs, with the teeth of various species of shark as the most abundant fossils. Along with the interesting cliffs, the park offers nature trails, picnic areas, playground equipment, fishing and many interpretive programs. The park is 14 miles south of Prince Frederick on Maryland Routes 2 and 4. Pets on a leash are allowed in Calvert Cliffs State Park.

Map of Calvert Cliffs (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.400022, -76.423000

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Activities

  • Fishing

    A one acre fishing pond is located in the picnic area. A Maryland Freshwater fishing license is required for anyone 16 years and older. A Maryland Sportfishing license is required for Bay fishing at the beach.

  • Hiking

    Designated as a wildlands area, 1079 acres of the park are preserved for hiking and nature appreciation. Thirteen miles of marked foot trails are open to the public.

  • Historic Sites

    A hike of 2 miles is taken from the parking lot, along an unimproved trail to the cliffs/beach area. Over 600 species of fossils have been identified from these cliffs, with the teeth of various species of shark as the most abundant fossils. Visitors may hunt for fossils on the open beach area and keep what they find, but always be mindful that fossils help tell the story of the past. So be sure to leave a piece of the story for other visitors. Because of the constant erosion of the cliffs, access to the cliffs is prohibited.

  • Hunting

    Approximately 550 acres are open to hunting for upland game, turkey and deer. Upland game species include squirrels and rabbits. Turkey hunting is permitted only during the spring gobbler season. Deer hunting is permitted during seasons established by the Wildlife Division. All hunters must register at the hunter parking area.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and grills are available on a first come, first served basis. The pavilion can accommodate approximately 50 people and is available through the reservation system by calling 1-888-432-2267.

Seasonality/Weather

Hours of operation are sunrise to sunset daily, year round

Park Partners

Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park

(301) 904-7494

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(301) 743-7613

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