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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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  • I absolutely loved visiting this state park as a child and wanted to return for many years but never got the chance. We were camping at Point Lookout State Park (about 20 miles south of Calvert Cliffs...  more »
  • Wanting to get away from the moving boxes for a day, we came to Calvert Cliffs and were not disappointed. Lots of parking (with shade) and a well-marked trail made the trip to the beach very easy. It ...  more »
  • Small fee per car to enter. It is a 1.8 miles walk in to the beach area. Most of it is shaded. Most of it is fairly flat. Would be difficult with a stroller. There is a nice beach. We were surprised a...  more »
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  • Had a great time here on a day trip with my boyfriend. It was a bit of a walk, would suggest bringing a cooler with wheels and water shoes. Only complaint would be the flys at the beach area. They would not stop biting! Other than that had a great time. :)
  • Lots of trails to walk and explore. The is a nice tire built playgrounds for the kids. Lots of paths to walk around and green space to picnic or play games. There is a wide beach to walk to but it is 1-2mile walk from the parking so be prepared. Lots of fossils and even a few shark teeth.
  • Beautiful! The flies/gnats/whatever bites you are crazy though! Despite all the publicity about it being a great spot to find shark teeth, don't waste your time unless you have kids who will enjoy looking for them. Walk across the cliffs and get an amazing view. Don't get caught here at dusk, you will become bug food.
  • Our trip to Calvert Cliffs State Park started with an early arrival--around 9:00 AM. We explored the red and orange trails and stopped for a bit at the beach. Because of the fantastic weather, the beach and trails were bustling with visitors. While we did not see much wildlife, we did catch some lizards, frogs, and turtles enjoying the sunshine. When we left around 1:00 PM, the parking lots were full, bathroom lines were packed, and people were being turned away from the park. Definitely come early! We didn't make use of the recycled tire playground; but if I was five again, I'd be all over it. And hopefully park management team will "dewinterize" the bathrooms earlier next year--especially if they're hosting a running event and expecting large crowds on a gorgeous day!
  • Very nice park, especially on a hot summer day: the reward for your hike out to the water is a very nice and often breezy shoreline. It can get quite crowded on the main (red) trail. The other trails are much quieter.

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