American Chestnut Land Trust
South Trail: 2650 Scientists Cliffs Road, Port Republic 20676
North Trail: 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick 20678
PF2Bay Trail: 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick 20678
Phone: 410-414-3400 Email
Twenty-two miles of serene public hiking trails in three locations make this a great place to hike and explore. Guided canoe trips, guided hikes and a volunteer-run donation farm program round out the opportunities for people to connect with the land.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
13470 Dowell Road, P.O. Box 99, Dowell, MD 20629
Phone: 410-326-4640 Email
Located just outside Solomons, Annmarie Garden features a walking path meandering through woods past works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution along with other artful surprises, a children’s natural play space and native gardens. The center hosts exhibits, a unique gift shop, Nature Nook and the artLAB, a creative re-use space. All ages will enjoy events and festivals, hands-on activities, public art programs and a beautiful setting. Pet friendly (leashed) excluding special events.
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary
2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
This 100-acre ecological sanctuary includes the northernmost naturally occurring stand of bald cypress trees in America. A nature trail features an elevated boardwalk. The Nature Center houses live animals and exhibits. Classes, demonstrations, field trips and special programs are offered throughout the year. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. No pets allowed. Hours vary by season.
Breezy Point Beach & Campground
5300 Breezy Point Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Phone: 410-535-0259 or 410-535-1600, x2225
This bay-front park features swimming, fishing, picnicking and seasonal and daily camping. All daily campsites are bay-front. It is the perfect getaway for day trips, a weekend away or a week-long escape. Bathhouse, restrooms and concession stand available. No pets allowed on beach or in campground.
Calvert Cliffs State Park
10540 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 301-743-7613 Email
Hike through this 1,460-acre wooded state park to the majestic Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. Formed over 15 million years ago, the cliffs contain more than 600 species of fossils. Ideal for hiking, picnicking, fishing and fossil hunting. Two-mile walk to the beach. Large tire playground. Information available for pavilion rentals, youth camping or hunting. Limited wheelchair access.
Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail
Access behind Chesapeake Beach Water Park
4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
The Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail is located partially on the right of way of the long abandoned Chesapeake Beach Railway. The creek is a significant watershed that empties directly into the Chesapeake Bay. The trail offers scenic views of Fishing Creek and hundreds of acres of surrounding marsh and forest and includes two bridges across the creek and several timber walkways over the creek or marshland. Wildlife is abundant and visitors to the trail are quite often treated to bald eagle sightings.
Flag Ponds Nature Park
1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-586-1477 or 410-535-5327
The park includes sandy beaches, freshwater ponds and views of Calvert Cliffs, along with hiking trails, fossil hunting, observation platforms, wetlands boardwalk, fishing pier and visitors center with wildlife exhibits. Picnic tables and grills are provided. Limited wheelchair access. Reservations are required for groups of 30 or more. Dogs on leash permitted. Hours vary by season.
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
Phone: 410-586-8501 Email
Nearly 70 archaeological sites on the property reflect more than 8,000 years of human occupation. Included are a visitor center, exhibit barn, gift shop, hiking trails, a re-created Indian Village and canoe/kayak launch. Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Call about scheduling a tour of the facility.
Kings Landing Park
3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
Phone: 410-535-2661 or 410-535-5327
This 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, swimming pool ($), picnic shelters, wetlands boardwalk, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall for meetings and receptions. Reservations required for groups of 30 or more. Dogs on leash permitted.
Wetlands Overlook Park
4020 11th St., North Beach, MD 20714
Phone: 301-855-6681 or 410-257-9618
This small nature park is perfect for observing wetlands wildlife and the migratory fowl that rest there during flights up and down the Atlantic seaboard. The park includes a pier and two gazebos. The area has a small visitor center with public restrooms.