Calvert Cliffs State Park is a public recreation area in Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland, that protects a portion of cliffs that extend for 24 miles along the eastern flank of the Calvert Peninsula on the west side of Chesapeake Bay from Chesapeake Beach southward to Drum Point. The state park is known for the abundance of mainly Middle Miocene sub-epoch fossils that can be found on the shoreline.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Calvert Cliffs State Park by using our Lusby trip itinerary planner.
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Calvert Cliffs State Park reviews
We liked our trip to Calvert Cliffs State Park, almost every aspect of it. The trails were not crowded in May. The information was sufficient. We hiked the trail network, but the Red Trail is our...
We liked our trip to Calvert Cliffs State Park, almost every aspect of it. The trails were not crowded in May. The information was sufficient. We hiked the trail network, but the Red Trail is our... more »
The trail is a bit long for young kids (5 and under), but well worth it. Bring sand toys! The hike is awesome and the beach is really fun! Great family day trip.
The trail is a bit long for young kids (5 and under), but well worth it. Bring sand toys! The hike is awesome and the beach is really fun! Great family day trip. more »
Really beautiful walk to the beach with dirt paths along with raised boardwalks. Areas to sit and rest along the red trail to the beach. Beach area pretty narrow with lots of rocks for about 10 feet off shore. Would recommend bringing water shoes to make walking out to the sandy part more comfortable. The water is very shallow even out to about 25 meters off shore. Water temperature was nice (I went in the July). People come with special tools (i.e. strainers, shovels, etc.) to look for the shark teeth and fossils. Only reason I gave 4 stars is that the orange to white trail was hard to follow around. There were trail markers but no accompanying maps. So, it made it a little confusing to know when to turn to white to get back to the parking lot. Otherwise, $5/car for in state, $7/car for out of state. Nice folks upon arrival. Nice folks to engage with along the trails and the beach.
We walked the red trail to the beach, and also hung out at the playground by the parking lot. The playground is super fun. Not great to babies + older kids (the baby swing is far from the other swings, so if your kids all like to be pushed at the same time like mine do then you are out of luck). It is more geared for older kids, lots of good climbing opportunities. The red trail is beautiful, and the beach is great. Lots of broken oysters and other shells. If you have water shoes, bring them. The trail itself winds through the woods, then a marsh, and finally gets you to the beach. I only took off one star for the lack of maps. I couldn't find any map of the park online, there wasn't a ranger building or anything for me to get a map, and the map of the trails I found online is just a topographic map maybe? Overall, not very good maps.
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