Myrtle Point Park
California, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

Myrtle Point Park is a culturally rich site that offers abundent Bay-related natural, historic and recreational resources. The 192-acre natural park is located on the western shore of the Patuxent River and is about 5 miles from the confluence of the river with the Chesapeake Bay.

The park is distinguished by its nearly two miles of pristine shoreline, tidal wetlands, salt ponds, mature forests, network of nature trails and documented archeological sites. It provides a tranquil setting for activities such as hiking, picnicking, bird watching, beach combing, fishing and environmental education.

Location / Directions:

From St. Mary's County: take MD235 south, turn left on MD4 to left on Patuxent Boulevard.

From Calvert County: take MD4 south over Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge, turn right on Patuxent Boulevard.

Physical Address: Myrtle Point Park
24050 Patuxent Boulevard
California, MD 20619
Mailing Address: Myrtle Point Park
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 485-4200

Visitors use the park for hiking, nature viewing, pinicking and enjoying the beach areas. Numerous school environmental field trips occur in the spring and fall.

Boats, canoes and kayaks regularly use the waterways around Myrtle Point. Additionally, the Friends of Myrtle Point Park regularly host awareness walks, educational activities, bird watching walks and other events at the park.

Visitors have access to most areas of the park and waterfront which includes over 3 miles of hiking trails and 2 miles of shoreline.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Hiking Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Myrtle Point Park is generally open from dawn until dusk, year round. The park main gate opens at 7:00 a.m. The evening gate closing times are:
  • April, May & June - 8:00 p.m.
  • July & August - 9:00 p.m.
  • September, October & November - 8:00 p.m.
  • December, January, February & March - the park gate closed to vehicles, but open to walk-in patrons.
Fees: None
Visitor Facilities: Parking, portable restroom facilities, 3 miles of hiking trails, 2 miles of shoreline, picnic tables, trash cans, and informal canoe/kayak launching.
Size: 192 acres
Accessibility: There are several van accessible asphalted pads at the park in designated parking areas; there are no asphalt walkways for accessibility at this time.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY