Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
Prince Frederick, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: At the northernmost limits in the United States for the natural range of bald cypress trees, this 100-acre nature sanctuary was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in 1957 to protect the primeval beauty of this cypress swamp. Designated as a National Natural Landmark through the National Park Service, the Battle Creek cypress stand is presumed to have established itself sometime in the last 10,000 years. A sub-tropical tree found mostly in the Carolinas and Southeast, cypress stands are unusual this far north. As you walk on the quarter-mile boardwalk trail, listen to nature's harmony of calling frogs and songbirds. With quiet patience and sharp eyes you may even catch a glimpse of some of the abundant life supported by this wetland.
Location / Directions:

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is located near a tributary to the Patuxent River 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 south of Prince Frederick, turn right onto Sixes Road (Rt. 506). Look for the sign and turn left on Gray's Road. The Sanctuary will be on your right approximately one quarter mile.

Driving Directions
Physical Address: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
2880 Gray's Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Mailing Address: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: (410) 535-5327

On your walk, through the cypress swamp, examine the intricate beauty of seasonal wildflowers or just gaze up at the inspiring 100-foot canopy of cypress trees that can reach an age of over 1,000 years.

Inside the nature center, you can explore more closely the mysteries of the swamp through exhibits that focus on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. There are even a number of live animal displays, including an albino turtle and a working bee hive.

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary makes an ideal day trip for the young and old alike. The Calvert County Natural Resources Division provides a variety of educational programs and outdoor activities throughout the year. Organized groups require advance reservations. Programs can be planned by the staff to meet the needs of each group. For information and reservations, call 410-535-5327.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Hiking Picnicking

Operating Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday - 10:00 to 5:00, Sunday - 1:00 to 5:00 - April through October.

Closes at 4:30 during the rest of the year.

Fees: Admission is free.
Visitor Facilities: Walk along the quarter-mile boardwalk and explore the visitor center at Battle Creek.
Accessibility: The visitor center is handicapped accessible.

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