Hiking & Walking

  1. American Chesnut Land TrustAmerican 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 American Chestnut Land Trust

    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.

  2. Annmarie Sculpture GardenAnnmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
    13470 Dowell Road, P.O. Box 99, Dowell, MD 20629
    Phone: 410-326-4640  Email Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

    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.

  3. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp SanctuaryBattle 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.
  4. Biscoe Gray Heritage FarmBiscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    2695 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Phone: 410-535-5327

    Natural surface trails lead visitors (on foot or horseback) around fallow fields, through mature forests and along the cliff overlooking Battle Creek. Public hunting of deer and turkey by reservation only. Dogs on leash permitted.

  5. Calvert Cliffs State ParkCalvert Cliffs State Park
    10540 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657
    Phone: 443-975-4360  Email Calvert Cliffs State Park

    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.
  6. Chesapeake Beach Historic Heritage Trail

    4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

    The Chesapeake Beach Historic Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour through the Town of Chesapeake Beach highlighted with wayside signs. These informational signs show and tell the historical significance of the various spots located along the way of the "trail". As you follow the trail and study the signs, try to imagine what it was once like "back in the heyday.”

  7. Chesapeake Beach Railway TrailChesapeake Beach Railway Trail
    Access behind Chesapeake Beach Water Park
    4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
    Phone: 410-257-2230

    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.
  8. Cove Point Park

    750 Cove Point Road, Lusby, MD 20657
    Phone: 410-394-6248

    This outdoor center features an eight-lane lap pool with a 1-meter and a half-meter diving board, a zero-entry wading pool with play features, a leisure pool with play features including four waterslides and a concession stand. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Reservations are required for groups of 20 or more.

  9. Dunkirk District Park 

    10750 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754
    Phone: 410-257-9654

  10. Flag PondsFlag 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, Observation 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.
  11. Hallowing Point Park 

    4755 Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Phone: 410-535-1295

  12. Jefferson Patterson Park and MuseumJefferson Patterson Park & Museum
    10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
    Phone: 410-586-8501  Email Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

    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.

  13. Kings Landing ParkKings 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. Hours vary by season.

  14. Ward Farm Recreation & Nature ParkWard Farm Recreation & Nature Park

    10455 Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754
    Phone: 410-535-1600

    The park currently features multiple multi-use athletic fields, nature trails, paved pathways and a fishing pier. Future construction will add boardwalks overlooking ponds and wetlands, a nature/environmental center, picnic shelters, a disc golf course, playgrounds, camping space and more.