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Calvert Cliffs State Park, Lusby

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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.
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  • The walk itself is a smooth, relaxing 4 mile round trip path that takes to a small beach with a view of the cliffs. Be sure to grab some seafood at Jerry's in your way back. 
  • Went to Calvert Cliffs with my family to have a day for fun exploring and learning that is what we did. We found a lot of sea glass and a few sharks teeth. Good time for all ages.There is no charge af...  read more »
  • Ive been coming here for years and everytime there is something different. Its a 1.8 mile hike to the beach area but not a hard path. The new wooden walkways are a.big plus. Beach can be crowded. Take...  read more »
  • It's a nice park. They'll try to charge you to enter though. Just park at the park&ride about 1/4 mile away and walk in. Every time I've done that, I've gotten in for free without issue. Great trails, great playground, nice beach. Be sure to bring bug spray.
  • I won't spend too much time on the cliffs since they are already well-described. The park itself is fantastic too - the red trail follows a massive wetland complex that stretches all the way to the cliffs where you can see dragonflies and birds galore. There are also a fair amount of flies though, so ample bugspray is recommended. Bugs seemed to be worse on the orange & white trails, which are much less used.
  • Great state park! Easy to hike to the beach and a great place to go fossil hunting. If you forget to bring your fossil-finding tools, look for the "share bin. It's full of shovels and shifters that you can borrow.
  • I have been going to Calvert Cliffs for the last 25 years. Love finding sharks teeth and croc teeth over here. In the recent years these are harder to come by. I recommend bringing a sieve to filter out sand and other fine materials if you're looking for teeth. Ziplock bags or something to put your finds in are also essential! There is a toy bucket near the beach entrance with sieves and toys that people leave for others so no worries if you show up without tools. My favorite part of the beach is getting there. The walk out is so nice and refreshing. There is all sorts of flora and fauna to admire. There are porta potties along the way but it's a long walk (if you leave something you need in the car) so plan accordingly.
  • Awesome park! Many different trails to walk/run on. The trails are maintained by a great group of volunteers. There is a beach where sharks teeth can be found.
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