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CALVERT CLIFFS STATE PARK

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LOCATION - The park is off Maryland 2/4,14 miles south of Prince Frederick.

 

FEATURES - Calvert Cliffs State Park has 30 miles of fossil-embedded cliffs with over 600 fossil species. Geologists determined that the area was once a calving ground for whales, thus attracting many sharks. Since sharks can replace lost teeth in as little as a week, many millions of their teeth are found along the 30-mile shoreline.

 

ACTIVITIES - Hike down Red Trail to the beach where fossils and shark teeth may be found. Collect fossils along the beach. No digging is permitted, but scavenging is. Camp, go freshwater and saltwater fishing, or enjoy a picnic. Take a nature walk along the self-guided nature trail.

 

Visit Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Visitor Center in Lusby on Maryland 2/4, south of Prince Frederick. The converted tobacco barn has dioramas and animated exhibits of Calvert Cliffs and the power plant. For information, call 301-586-2200.

 

Tour Calvert Marine Museum south of Solomons off Maryland 2/4 at Solomon's Island Road to see their fossil exhibits and maritime history exhibits. Board the William B. Tennison, a converted 1899 bugeye, to cruise around Solomons Harbor and the Patuxent River from May-October. For information, call 301-326-2042.

 

Visit the restored Drum Point Lighthouse, originally commissioned in 1883 and one of the last of its kind on the Chesapeake. Nearby you can tour Lore and Sons Oyster House Annex with its boat-building exhibit and artifacts from the local seafood industry. For details, call 301-326-2042.

 

Cove Point Lighthouse is the oldest brick tower lighthouse on the Chesapeake. It has been in continuous service since 1828 and is staffed by the Coast Guard. It's on Cove Point Road, Maryland 497, off Maryland 2/4, north of Solomons. For information on whether it's open, call 301-234-7848.

 

Explore the northernmost naturally occurring Cypress Swamp in America at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary. The swamp is south of Prince Frederick on Sixes Road off Maryland 231 or Maryland 2/4. Hike along a self-guided Venule boardwalk trail through the swamp and tour the nature center. For details on special programs offered throughout the year, call 410-535-5327.

 

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is off Maryland 2/4, south of Prince Frederick to Maryland 264 and then left on Maryland 265. Tour the museum and see agricultural and archaeological exhibits plus a hands-on exhibit on energy and nuclear power. Power plant tours must be pre-arranged. Call 410-260-4673 or 410-586-2200, ext. 4673. From June-August, watch the excavation of artifacts from 7500 вс through the nineteenth century. The park overlooks the 1814 site of the largest U.S. naval battle in Maryland history during the War of 1812. For park information, call 410-586-0050.

 

Go out on a charter boat from Chesapeake Beach or Solomons to fish for blues, trout, drum, and flounder.

 

The end of August, attend the annual North Beach Bay Festival to enjoy music, games, exhibits, and good eating. For information, call 1-800-331-9771.

 

On the last Saturday in April in Prince Frederick, join the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering. For details, call 301-535-3274.

 

The Waterside Music Festival is held in Solomons the last Saturday in May. For information, call 301-326-2042. The Tenth Century Tidewater Fair is on Solomons in mid-September. Call 326-2042 for information.

 

INFORMATION

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Route 4, Box 106A

Brandywine, Maryland 20613

301-888-1622

Calvert Cliffs State Park on the map.  How to get there and what to see in the Calvert Cliffs State Park, Maryland. Description of the attractions of the Calvert Cliffs State Park

Calvert Cliffs State Park on the map.  How to get there and what to see in the Calvert Cliffs State Park, Maryland. Description of the attractions of the Calvert Cliffs State Park