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Calvert Cliffs State Park, Lusby
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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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  • Only an hour 's drive from Annapolis on a Sunday morning, it seemed we were in another part of the country on holiday. The fall colors in the tall trees, the hard-packed, 1.8 mile sandy trail to the w...  more »
  • We were greeted by the sweetest woman at the gate. The hike/walk to the beach was lovely and relaxing. Perfect for our puppy. The beach was beautiful and quiet. We got there before the crowds... didn'...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the cliff views. Great little town close to home to enjoy with the family. There was a big group of us. 
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  • 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.
  • The walking trails are nice. The view at the other end is Breathtaking!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.