Calvert Cliffs State Park, Lusby

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Calvert Cliffs State Park is a public recreation area in Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland, that protects a portion of 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. The state park is known for the abundance of mainly Middle Miocene sub-epoch fossils that can be found on the shoreline.Natural historyGeologyThe 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.In addition, rocks of the younger Choptank and the St. Marys Formations are exposed here. This makes Calvert Cliffs State Park extremely interesting for its paleoclimatology and paleontology, because the accessible strata provide a good record of the Middle Miocene Climate Transition and document a minor mass extinction event — the "Middle Miocene disruption." Fossil collecting and "rockhounding" are permitted on the beach; the cliffs are closed due the dangers of erosion.
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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 »
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  • My wife and I drove down in June 2016. There is enough parking at the start, then it's a 2 mile hike through the park until you get to the beach. This very fact ensures that it is not overly crowded - you do have to hike for a little while. Nature is wonderfully preserved, in particular the wetlands, and the paths are easy to follow and well kept up. The beach is wonderful as well - we didn't find any fossils, but we weren't trying that hard either. Totally recommend coming here!
  • Beautiful area. We brought our dog on a weekend to hike a trail and he loved it. It was a nice weekend so it was pretty busy and plenty of other dogs for him to see
  • Beautiful place. Very well kept and lots of places for parents to hang out and watch their kiddos. Loved it.
  • Abesolutly beautiful. The nature all around is a lefdect environment for a family day. Breath of fresh air a phenomenal hike with many different trails and different posts to help you learn about the environment. It is the definition of a perfect outing weather your wanting to go by yourself or with family or friends. The entire park and trail is kept clean. You can also fish in the pond and take them home whatever you may catch. It's an absolute delight being here.
  • The slim stretch of beach from which the cliffs are visible, but not accessible, gets crowded really quickly. It's a nice 30-40 min walk nonetheless, but no solitude on the weekends!
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