Calvert Cliffs State Park
Lusby, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: 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 SP 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 20-25 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.

Location / Directions: From Washington DC or Baltimore MD: (Travel time approximately 1-1.5 hours) Take Route 301 south to Route 4 south. Travel approximately 36 miles. Make a left onto Route 765 (approximately 14 miles south of Prince Frederick). Follow Route 765 and signs to the park entrance.
Physical Address: Calvert Cliffs State Park
9500 H. G. Trueman Road
Lusby, MD 20657
Mailing Address: Calvert Cliffs State Park
P.O. Box 48
Scotland, MD 20687
Visitor Phone: (301) 872-5688
Business Phone: (301) 872-5085

Fossil Hunting: Hike 2 miles from the parking lot along an unimproved trail to the cliffs/beach area. Visitors may hunt for fossils on the open beach area and keep what they find. Because of the constant erosion of the cliffs, access to the cliffs is no longer permitted.

Hiking: Thirteen miles of marked foot trails are open to the public. Bicycles are restricted to the service road.

Picnicking: Picnic tables and grills are available on a first come, first serve basis. A pavilion can accommodate approximately 50 people and is available for rental by contacting Point Lookout State Park at 301-872-5688.

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.

Youth Group Camping: There are six sites available for youth groups. Sites are open April 1 and close the end of November.

Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicking

Operating Hours: Hours of operation are sunrise to sunset daily, year round.
Fees: $5 per vehicle.
Size: 1,629 acres
Accessibility: Tire playground, limited access, comfort station.

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