Interpretive panels along the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail
offer an opportunity to learn more about the marsh plants, animals and other features of the adjacent water and marshland.
The Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail runs alongside Fishing Creek in the small town of Chesapeake Beach, in Northern Calvert County, partially on the right of way of the long abandoned Chesapeake Beach Railway. The creek is a significant watershed that empties directly into the Chesapeake Bay. The entire trail project lies within the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, and offers scenic views of the creek itself, hundreds of acres of surrounding marsh and forest, and includes two bridges across the creek and several timber walkways either over the creek or marshland. Wildlife is abundant, and visitors to the trail are quite often treated to sightings of bald eagles.
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.
4104 3rd Street, North Beach
Totally renovated, beautifully furnished 1940s beach cottage, ½ block from the Bay, Beach and Boardwalk. Enjoy complimentary breakfast from the award winning “Sweet Sue’s” bakery. Many charming shops and restaurants nearby. Sleeps 4. No pets please.
N. Harbor Drive, St. Leonard
Charming cottage at the harbor, Bay view, one-minute walk to beach. Full kitchen. Sleeps five. Tranquility itself. Children welcome. No smoking. Pets negotiable.
10970 Cedar Drive, Lusby
Great beach house, one block from the beach, at Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay near Solomons. Three bedrooms, one and a half baths, sleeps six. Fully equipped modern kitchen, cable, Internet, linens, screened porch and wraparound deck. Pets negotiable.
2847 Governors Run Road, Port Republic
Phone: 877-586-1793 • 410-586-2346 • Fax 410-586-9576
Classic two-bedroom, family-style, beachfront and bayview cottages. Gorgeous 180-degree view of the Bay. Private community beach, pier and boat ramp. AC and fully equipped. Sleeps up to six. Available weekly by advance reservation only. No smoking.
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.
Enjoy specialty cruises all year long aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison departing from the Calvert Marine Museum. Built in 1899, the Tennison is the only Coast Guard licensed log-hulled, passenger carrying vessel in the United States.
Located at the Calvert Marine Museum dock
14200 Solomons Island Rd. • PO Box 97, Solomons 20688
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691
Enjoy a one-hour cruise around Solomons Harbor and the Patuxent River aboard the only Coast Guard-licensed log-hulled vessel in America. Built in 1899, this National Historic Landmark was later converted from sail to power and served as an oyster buyboat until 1978. Departs from the Calvert Marine Museum dock, weather permitting. Assistance needed for wheelchair boarding (ramp).