11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687
Located at the tip of St. Mary’s County at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, Point Lookout served as a watch post during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. During the Civil War, it served as a Union hospital and a prison camp for captured confederate soldiers. There are 143 wooded campsites available; 26 of these have full hook-ups. 31 of these have electric. One campsite for youth groups is also available; reservations are required for the youth group site by calling the park. The park features three fishing areas available 24 hours, including a 710 foot pier (24 hour operation May 1-November 30). A valid Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing license and appropriate stamps are required. Swimming is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty. The beach area has grills, picnic tables, and a playground. Facilities include showers and restrooms. A boat launch facility and fish-cleaning station are available for boaters. Boat rentals and supplies are also available at the camp store. The Civil War Museum/Nature Center is open seasonally. Park open daily dawn to dusk April – October and 10AM to 4PM, November – March. Call for museum hours. Point Lookout occasionally fills to capacity on summer weekends and holiday weekends. During these times you will not be able to enter the park, nor will you be able to drive through the park. You may call 301-872-5688 to check on our visitation volume, however we can make no guarantees that we will not be filled to capacity by the time you arrive.
25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Phone: 301-872-5688 or 301-872-5389
Greenwell offers nearly 600 acres, 10 miles of trails, and 2 miles of waterfront along the Patuxent with an accessible 50 foot pier. Kayak/canoe launch sites, beach and picnic areas throughout. Wheelchair accessible facilities include the Pavilion and Knott Lodge (an overnight facility for up to 16 guests). Historic Rosedale Manor, the Chapel and gardens can be reserved for weddings and special events. Horseback riding programs, summer camps and special events are offered.
44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point, MD 20674
Phone: 301-994-1471 • www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums
Climb the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac River, constructed in 1836. The site was once a summer resort for Washington dignitaries including several U.S. presidents. Today, a 6-acre park surrounds the lighthouse and keepers quarters with a picnic area, kayak launch, a boardwalk, pier and sandy beach. The museum details that site’s history and also includes artifacts from the WW II U-1105 Black Panther German submarine which lies just offshore in an area designated as the state’s first Historic Shipwreck Dive Preserve. A maritime exhibit of historic wooden boats that once plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay is housed in a separate building. Accessible by water, call for information.
4821 St. Leonard Road, #101A, St. Leonard
Western Shore Realty offers several cottages to choose from. Waterfront, waterview, beach and kayaking. Pets welcome.
4510 Matoaka Ln. • PO Box 124, St. Leonard
Rustic cabins on Chesapeake Bayfront. Swim, fish, crab, fossil hunt, picnic and birdwatch. Sandy beach. Fossil hunting year round.
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.
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.
Breezy Point Beach and Campground features a half mile of sandy beach, a 300-foot fishing and crabbing pier, a netted swimming area, playground, bath houses, picnic areas, volleyball courts and more.
Building sandcastles are popular activities
These trees have knees!
5300 Breezy Point Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Phone: 410-535-0259 • Fax 410-535-2233
This bay-front park featuring swimming, fishing, picnicking and seasonal and daily camping is the perfect getaway for daytrips. Campers can stay at a bay-front campsite all weekend or all week. No pets allowed on beach or in campground. Beach wheelchair available with prior notice.