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Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
(4.3/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
Flag Ponds Nature Park highlights include fossil displays, beach combing on a

sandy natural beach, fossil hunting, fishing pier, hiking, nature study, educational programs & camps, bird watching , picnicking , managed hunting (permits through Maryland DNR.
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  • Tucked away in Calvert County with cliffs! This seems to be a shark-tooth-hunter paradise as well as other fossils with the beach, the cliffs and the ponds. We've always enjoyed exploring the exposed ...  more »
  • The half mile trail to the beach is an easy walk on a gravel road. Restrooms available on the trail. The beach has an abundance of shells washed up from the surf, so not a smooth surface, but it was a...  more »
  • I liked this.place. Right on the Bay and the beach is clean. Plenty of room. Bathrooms were filthy. Plenty of small shark teeth if you take the time. Looked like the fiahing was good there too 
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  • I was so pleased to discover this magical beach over Labor Day Weekend. Magical, why? Everyone there wanted to be at the beach for activities like swimming or looking for shark teeth. No sunbathers visible. It is a natural beach in all its glory, complete with grassy wetlands and still pools that the kids can splash around in if you want a little distance from the rolling surf. There are well-marked and curated trails running through the park that take you to various lookout points on the ponds. Be prepared for adventure; we encountered a giant snapping turtle guarding one of the birdwatching blinds! It's a winding downhill walk of about half a mile down a wide, paved path to get beach access; some of the old hands had all their things packed in little red wagons. Very smart idea. There is a bathroom at the front parking lot and another bathroom and shower station at the head of the boardwalk, much closer to the actual seaside. Entry fee is per-car, and very reasonable. Easy drive from Annapolis for a fun all-day beach extravaganza.
  • This is a great, quite beach for swimming and playing in the soft sand! We also really enjoyed exploring the tidal pools and watching blue crabs swim in the pools. Be sure to keep your footwear on as you explore around the pools, though; there is some type of plant that drops sharp seed pods that are hard to see and very painful to step on. (Besides bringing home a couple of shark teeth, I brought home part of one of those seed pods embedded in my toe... Ouch!) We had intended to also explore some of the park's wooded trails, but there were too many mosquitoes; fortunately the beach was bug free.
  • Quiet, clean beach with an interesting array of shells and shark teeth to collect. Tips: get there early. If no parking is available, you can't get in. Before 11 am is recommended. Also, it's a half mile walk to the beach downhill so take that into account when leaving. You'll have to go uphill! There is handicapped parking down the hill for those who need it. They also have bathroom facilities. One near the parking lot and one right before you get to the beach which also has an open outdoor shower to rinse off the sand on your way out. One thing you should wear is water shoes because you have to cross a small, shallow steam maybe 5 feet wide to get to the beach directly or you could walk all the way around the marsh if you don't want to do that. It's better than taking off your shoes (or the kiddies shoes) and putting them back on. There are a lot of shells when you first get on the beach so you should have shoes on. Really nice nature trails and employees who are very helpful. Currently six dollars per carload, not person(!) for non residents of Calvert County which I think is a bargain. It's not a big beach compared to others I've been to but very peaceful. Oh the water... Was a bit choppy from the remnants of a tropical storm so nobody was really swimming but it was warm and the kite boarders were out doing their thing.
  • We love this place. Short walk to the beach, that is chock-full of seashells and fossils. Park rangers are friendly and knowledgeable. Great place for families. It is perfect.
  • This park is a total package: not only is it a great place to find fossilized shark teeth (like nearby Calvert Cliffs and Chesapeake Beach), but unlike those two, the beach alone is worth the visit. The hike through the different biomes is also fascinating and a nice educational opportunity. There is a little something for everyone.