The Parkers Creek watershed contains some of the largest unbroken woodlands left in Calvert County. The American Chestnut Land Trust protects the site.
Managed by American Chestnut Land Trust
South Trail Head: On Scientists Cliff Rd. across from 2420 Aspen Rd., Port Republic MD, 20676
North Side Trail Head/Double Oak Farm: 676 Double Oak Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Mailing Address: PO Box 2363, Prince Frederick 20678
Phone: 410-414-3400 • Fax: 410-414-3402
Fifteen miles of self-guided serene public hiking trails in two locations. Guided hikes are available from spring through fall. Guided canoe trips are offered from spring through fall on beautiful Parkers Creek. Check the online calendar of events for annual family events. Limited access for wheelchairs – must be arranged prior to visit.
1450 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick 20678
Built in the early 1880s, the school is the oldest standing one-room schoolhouse for African American students in Calvert County. Offering education for grades 1 through 7, it was built in the early 1880s and remained in use until 1934. Located on the grounds of Calvert Elementary School.
This 260-acre park on the Patuxent River offers pastures, woodlands and wetlands including picnic shelters, a boardwalk, fishing pier, launch area for canoes and kayaks, swimming pool, horse ring and a hall for indoor meetings and receptions.
3255 Kings Landing Rd., Huntingtown 20639
Phone: 410-535-2661 • 410-535-5327 • Fax: 410-535-2661
Kings Landing is a 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a variety of outdoor activities. A site for environmental education, the park features pastures, woodland and wetlands. Amenities include picnic shelters with tables and grills, wetlands boardwalk, fishing pier, launch area for canoes and kayaks, swimming pool, shoreline, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall (for indoor meetings and receptions). Youth camping, horse ring, picnic shelters and hall require reservations. Wheelchair accessible.
10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard 20685
Phone: 410-586-8501 • Fax: 410-586-8503
Experience, discover, learn and have fun at JPPM! Over 70 archaeological sites have been identified on the property, reflecting over 12,000 years of human occupation. Tour exhibits in the visitor center and exhibit barn, browse the gift shop, hike miles of trails, discover the Indian Village, launch a canoe or kayak, rent the pavilion or just enjoy the beautiful views.
Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art archaeological research, conservation and curation facility. The lab also houses a number of major collections acquired through private donation to the Maryland Historical Trust. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.
Sharp-eyed visitors may find sharks teeth and other Miocene fossils along Flag Ponds
A short, half-mile hike brings you to the park’s
1525 Flag Ponds Pkwy., Lusby 20657
Phone: 410-586-1477 • 410-535-5327 • Fax 410-586-3780
Once a pound-net fishing station on the Chesapeake Bay, Flag Ponds Nature Park displays a remarkable variety of natural environments from sandy beaches to freshwater ponds and the forested heights of Calvert Cliffs. Hiking trails, fossil hunting, observation platforms, wetlands boardwalk, fishing pier, the beach and visitors center with wildlife exhibits. Picnic tables and grills are provided. No lifeguards or nettle nets. Swim at your own risk. Limited wheelchair access.
Early morning light casts a golden glow onto the cliffs.
Calvert Cliffs are a favorite place to go for a walk on the beach.
Low tide offers visitors an opportunity to search for sharks teeth at certain times of the day.
10540 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby 20657
Phone: 301-743-7613 • Fax 301-743-9405
Hike through this 1,460-acre wooded state park to the majestic Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. Formed over 15 million years ago, the cliffs contain over 600 species of fossils. Ideal for hiking, picnicking, fishing and fossil hunting. Two-mile walk to the beach. Large tire park. Information available for pavilion rentals, youth camping or hunting. Limited wheelchair access.
Discover something new during every visit.
These trees have knees!
Visitors stopping to look at the swamp’s native plants and wildlife.
2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick 20678
Phone: 410-535-5327 • Fax 410-414-3473
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, a 100-acre ecological sanctuary, includes the northernmost naturally occurring stand of bald cypress trees in America. A nature trail features an elevated boardwalk. The Nature Center houses live animals and exhibits. Classes, demonstrations, field trips and special programs are offered throughout the year. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.
The Arts Building at Annmarie houses two floors of exhibition space for gallery shows, special events, programs, and private parties. The building also includes a gift shop, cafe and catering kitchen.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center features a one-quarter-mile walking path that meanders through the woods past permanent and loaned sculpture.
A Tribute to the Oyster Tonger is an important piece in the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center collection and celebrates the proud watermen who for generations made their living off the Chesapeake Bay.
13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons 20688
Mailing Address: PO Box 99, Dowell 20629
Phone: 410-326-4640 • Fax 410-326-4887
Annmarie Garden, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a sculpture park and arts center located in scenic Solomons. Enjoy an exquisite collection of outdoor sculpture, much of it on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. The Arts Center features rotating exhibits, art classes, and gift shop. With a busy calendar of programs, special events and classes, visitors will enjoy exploring this exceptional attraction.