American Chestnut Land Trust
South Trail: 2650 Scientists Cliffs Road, Port Republic 20676
North Trail: 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick 20678
PF2Bay Trail: 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick 20678
Phone: 410-414-3400 Email
Twenty-two miles of serene public hiking trails in three locations make this a great place to hike and explore. Guided canoe trips, guided hikes and a volunteer-run donation farm program round out the opportunities for people to connect with the land.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
13470 Dowell Road, P.O. Box 99, Dowell, MD 20629
Phone: 410-326-4640 Email
Located just outside Solomons, Annmarie Garden features a walking path meandering through woods past works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution along with other artful surprises, a children’s natural play space and native gardens. The center hosts exhibits, a unique gift shop, Nature Nook and the artLAB, a creative re-use space. All ages will enjoy events and festivals, hands-on activities, public art programs and a beautiful setting. Pet friendly (leashed) excluding special events.
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary
2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
This 100-acre ecological sanctuary includes the northernmost naturally occurring stand of bald cypress trees in America. A nature trail features an elevated boardwalk. The Nature Center houses live animals and exhibits. Classes, demonstrations, field trips and special programs are offered throughout the year. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. No pets allowed. Hours vary by season.
Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
2695 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Natural surface trails lead visitors (on foot or horseback) around fallow fields, through mature forests and along the cliff overlooking Battle Creek. Public hunting of deer and turkey by reservation only. Dogs on leash permitted.
Calvert Cliffs State Park
9500 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 443-975-4360 Email
Hike through this 1,460-acre wooded state park to the majestic Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. Formed over 15 million years ago, the cliffs contain more than 600 species of fossils. Ideal for hiking, picnicking, fishing and fossil hunting. Two-mile walk to the beach. Large tire playground. Information available for pavilion rentals, youth camping or hunting. Limited wheelchair access.
Cove Point Park
750 Cove Point Road, Lusby, MD 20657
Dunkirk District Park
10750 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754
Flag Ponds Nature Park - Calvert County Residents
1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-586-1477 or 410-535-5327
The park includes sandy beaches, freshwater ponds and views of Calvert Cliffs, along with hiking trails, fossil hunting, observation platforms, wetlands boardwalk, observation pier and visitors center with wildlife exhibits. Picnic tables and grills are provided. Limited wheelchair access. Reservations are required for groups of 30 or more. Dogs on leash permitted. Hours vary by season.
Hallowing Point Park
4755 Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Kings Landing Park
3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
Phone: 410-535-2661 or 410-535-5327
This 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, swimming pool ($), picnic shelters, wetlands boardwalk, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall for meetings and receptions. Reservations required for groups of 30 or more. Dogs on leash permitted. Hours vary by season.
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
Phone: 410-586-8501 Email
Nearly 70 archaeological sites on the property reflect more than 8,000 years of human occupation. Included are a visitor center, exhibit barn, gift shop, hiking trails, a re-created Indian Village and canoe/kayak launch. Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Call about scheduling a tour of the facility.