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Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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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  • I liked 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 
  • Had a great time here. Metal detecting allowed on the beaches here. Restrooms clean & there is a shower area to rinse off feet & shoes. Much easier walk. Did find some shark teeth here also. 
  • We visited Flag Ponds Nature Park during our recent trip to the Washington, DC area. We wanted to take a break from visiting all of the museums and monuments, and Flag Ponds seemed like a great spot. ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flag Ponds Nature Park is a nice little sandy escape without having to drive all the way to the eastern shore. It's not a pond, but more of a secluded beach on the Chesapeake Bay. It's quite lovely! The few times I've been here, it was never crowded. It's about a 10 minute hike from the parking lots to the beach area. There are also hiking trails, but I've never checked those out. This is a great place to go to search for shark teeth. My friends and I found over thirty. Remember to bring some sifters, if you do! Also bring beach umbrellas and chairs! There are no lifeguards around so don't do anything stupid in the water. There are clean bathrooms and a rinse off area right by the entrance of the beach. It's a dog friendly park. You will need to keep your furry friends are on a leash. Entry fee: $6 per car.
  • Beautiful, staff are helpful, knowledgeable and extremely accommodating!
  • Lots of fun, lots of critters, lots of fossils. Loved the trails and the beach!
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