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An easy, family and pet-friendly hike along a forested trail ending at a small sandy beach on the Chesapeake Bay.


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3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Loop

122' 37 m

High

26' 8 m

Low

157' 48 m

Up

157' 48 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Youngsters will love the playground and picnic area at the park entrance. Fossils, swimming, and picnics can be had at the beach.

Day use only. No camping.

Overview

This park has something for everyone. There is a playground and picnic areas near the trailhead, and hiking, swimming, fishing, and the opportunity to look for fossils, and sharks teeth exist closer to the water's edge.

Need to Know

Calvert Cliffs State Park has a $5.00 per vehicle user fee. There is no visitor center, but you can buy T-shirts, patches, etc. at the check-in booth. The restrooms at the parking area are clean and well equipped and there are several port-a-potties near the beach. All Maryland State Parks are trash-free, so pack out everything you bring in.

For more details visit the park's website.

Description

This well-marked trail begins at the southern end of the visitor parking lot. There are red blazes are on marker posts every 1/10 of a mile, and all trail intersections are clearly marked. The route begins by moving through a deciduous forest with oaks, maples, etc. A small brook quickly joins the trail, and several bridges keep your feet dry as it meanders along.

After about a mile, the brook joins Gray's Creek which broadens into a half-mile long beaver pond. Sections of boardwalk along the pond keep your feet dry and there are several observation areas with benches for those who like to pause and take in nature. In late-November we saw a beaver lodge, geese, and ducks. As you near the beach, the trail passes right next to a beaver dam. Once you get to the beach area you'll find several picnic tables and a wonderful view of the cliffs and the Chesapeake Bay.

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Shared By:

Fred Ryals

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Calvert Cliffs State Park - Lusby, Maryland
Apr 6, 2020 near Lusby, MD
Calvert Cliffs - looking north from the beach.
Nov 25, 2016 near Lusby, MD
The beaver dam.
Nov 25, 2016 near Lusby, MD
A beaver lodge in the pond.
Nov 25, 2016 near Lusby, MD

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Mar 24, 2019
Natalie Hanson
Feb 24, 2019
JD Foster
Dec 31, 2018
Jeff Hawks
Oct 20, 2018
Ryan Spr
3.8mi
Jun 9, 2018
Janice DJ
May 12, 2018
John Hussey
Jun 18, 2017
Mary Hart
Beach picnic. Great picnic spot and a day on the bay! 3.6mi
Jun 15, 2017
Cat Smehil