Flag Ponds Nature Park
Lusby, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: For hundreds of years the forces of nature have reshaped the Chesapeake Bay shoreline of Flag Ponds Nature Park, creating a remarkable variety of natural environments – from sandy beach, to freshwater ponds, to the forested heights of Calvert Cliffs. Today, nature continues to play with the sand, changing the park's landscape with each tide, storm, and season. Flag Ponds is also a part of Maryland's history. Once the site of a major pound net fishery, today the site preserves one of the original shanties and houses a fascinating exhibit on the Bay's old-time fishing industry.
Location / Directions:

Flag Ponds Nature Park is located on the western shore in Maryland.

From Washington's Capital Beltway (I-95): Take Route 4 South into Calvert County.

From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695): Take Route 301 South to Route 4.

From Virginia: Take US Route 301 across the Potomac to Maryland Route 5 in Waldorf. Turn right on 5 and travel about 10 miles to Route 231. Turn left, follow 231 across the Patuxent River to Prince Frederick and turn right on MD Route 4.

From Route 4:Just 10 miles south of Prince Frederick, look for the sign and turn left into the Nature Park.

Driving Directions
Physical Address: Flag Ponds Nature Park
1525 Flag Ponds Parkway
Lusby, MD 20675
Mailing Address: Flag Ponds Nature Park
175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Visitor Phone: (410) 586-1477

Located on 463 acres, all the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay area comes to life. Park visitors will discover a wide variety of native wildlife, including muskrat, otter, whitetail deer, turkey, fox, and the majestic pileated woodpecker. The flora ranges from venerable hardwood trees to the native Blue Flag iris, which gives Flag Ponds Nature Park its name.

A short, half-mile hike brings you to the sandy beach or you may take longer trail routes that allow you to experience the beauty of the park. Additionally there are observation platforms at two ponds, a fishing pier on the Chesapeake Bay and a visitor's center with wildlife displays. The whole family may enjoy the day on the broad beach either swimming or hunting for sharks teeth that are regularly washed up on the shore.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Hiking Picnicking Swimming

Operating Hours:

Open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (8:00 pm weekends)

Open weekends only, remainder of the year, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


An entrance fee is required per vehicle.

  • April - October: $4.00 for residents, $6.00 for nonresidents
  • November - March: $3.00 resident or nonresident.

There is a fee for most programs.

Visitor Facilities: Flag Ponds Nature Park offers three miles of gentle hiking trails, observation platforms overlooking two ponds, a wetlands boardwalk, a beach and fishing pier on the Chesapeake Bay, the fishermen’s shanty exhibit, and a visitor's center with wildlife exhibits. Dogs are permitted at Flag Ponds Nature Park provided they are leashed at all times.
Accessibility: Beach parking for the handicapped is available.
Website: http://www.calvertparks.org/flagpond.htm

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