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Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve protects one of the last remaining pristine watersheds on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Located just north of Calvert Cliffs in southern Maryland, nearly 3,000 acres are conserved and managed here by the American Chestnut Land Trust.
The brackish tidal stream known as Parkers Creek meanders through salt marsh to the Bay's shoreline. Visitors to the preserve may walk more than 15 miles of trails, exploring hardwood forests, farmland, wetlands, salt marsh, Chesapeake shoreline and the Creek itself. Guided canoe trips of the creek are also offered.
|Location / Directions:||Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve is in the vicinity of Prince Frederick in Calvert County Maryland.
From the north: Travel south on Maryland routes 2 or 4, which combine into a single road northern Calvert County. Proceed south and then follow directions for either of the options below:
From the south and Virginia: From Virginia, cross the Potomac River bridge on US 301, proceed to the intersection with MD route 234 turn right; proceed on 234 to MD route 4 near Leonardtown. Travel north on 4, crossing the Patuxent River to Solomons. Proceed north from Solomons on the combined MD routes 2 & 4 and follow the directions for either of the options below:
|Physical Address:||Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve
676 Double Oak Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
|Mailing Address:||Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve
PO Box 2363
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
|Visitor Phone:||(410) 414-3400|
|Activities:||Visitors to the preserve use 15 miles of trails for walking, jogging, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, photography and ecological and environmental studies. The trails traverse the sides of Parkers Creek and offer views of the Chesapeake Bay from high bluffs. Trail maps are available at the preserve and on-line.
The American Chestnut Land Trust sponsors canoe and kayaking trips during the year and also manages limited access to a state beachfront property for groups wishing to canoe the area. Contact ACLT at 410-414-3400 or view and register for events on-line. Designated mountain biking trails are available on the preserve's southern trail system.
|Operating Hours:||Trails at the preserve are open daily from dawn to dusk, year-round. The Warriors Rest area of the preserve is open only for group use (less than 50 people) with advance permission. Contact the preserve for information.|
|Fees:||There are no fees for using the preserve's trails. Donations to the American Chestnut Land Trust are encouraged.|
|Visitor Facilities:||Trailheads and parking are provided at both the northern and southern entries to the preserve. The preserve also includes the Double Oak Conference Center, used for group training and meetings.|