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.
Calvert Cliffs State Park Maryland
10540 H G Trueman Rd, Lusby, MD 20657, United States
Sunrise to sunset. Open Daily, year round.
Day use service charge is $5/vehicle ($2 additional for out-of-state residents), small bus $10, large bus $20. Cash only.
Suggested Equipment for Calvert Cliffs State Park Maryland:
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.