Calvert Cliffs State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area in Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland. The state park protects a portion of the 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. On his 1612 map, Captain John Smith identified the area as "Rickard's Cliffes," having given them his mother's family's name. The park is known for the abundance of mainly Middle Miocene sub-epoch fossils that can be found on the shoreline.GeologyThe park contains the type locality site of the Early to Middle Miocene Calvert Formation. These rocks are the sediment from a coastal ocean that covered the area during that time. The age of the formation is (19-)18–15(-14) million years ago (Ma), i.e. it extends essentially over the Hemingfordian stage. This formation occurs in Maryland and neighboring Virginia.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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This is a great place to explore and experience the great outdoors! At the end of the trail is the Chesapeake Bay! The trails are nice, and I enjoy them, but the beach gets pretty crowded (not so much... more »
Enjoyed the 11/2 mile to the beach. Take a bucket for shells and fossils. Not a large beach. Wear good walking shoes. Bathroom available near the beach. Pay to get into the park more »
It's a beautiful hike , it is at least 2 miles to the beach and back . Also a lot of branches is sticking up through the trails so be careful and watch where your walking ! But the scenery it's one of... more »
Took my little sister ...we took the red trail which was easy to find and easy to hike down to the beach area. All trails are well labeled and maps are located along the trails that clearly tell you where you are. The beach its self is well kept and clean. The cliffs are pretty to look at. People go to try and find sharks teeth ...we didn't find any but if you bring a strainer I'm sure you can scrounge one up! Great for family hikes and plenty of cut spots to take pics. I did wish it had a boardwalk out into the water since the beach itself is somewhat narrow.
Just a solid place to spend time if you haven’t been here before. Definitely check out the tire park, and do a one mile hike over to the water to find some sharks teeth in the sand. There trails are perfect for some XC running as well. A wonderful state park if you are new to the area.
You CAN find shark teeth. My son found one within 15 minutes. Great beach.
Great park, nice flowers and wildlife to see. Tons of fossils on the beach, and several people found shark teeth (but I was not so lucky). It's a bit of a hike to carry a lot of stuff. They do have a big bin full of sieves and shovels for you to use while hunting, as well as charts to help ID your finds. I enjoyed talking with a park ranger who helped us ID some of our fossils, which was really nice. I appreciated them having water coolers there during a heat advisory day. BEWARE THE JELLYFISH! They were washing up by the dozens with the tide, and I got stung several times. If you want to swim, maybe bring a wetsuit?! Bring exact change ($5) for the entrance fee because there was no one there to change for me when I arrived quite early (8:30). It was not crowded on a weekday, but it's a small beach and gets smaller at high tide, so get there early or on a weekday if you hate crowds. Overall, I loved the fossils, and hope to go back again, wish I lived closer!
If you're going for the beach, it's not that impressive. It has a 50 feet stretch and it's only about 5/10 feet wide, and it requires a very long, almost 2 mile hike to get there. I definitely did not regret going, but you better like the people you'll be walking with
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