With a sharp eye and a sense of adventure, kids can find shark teeth and even bones of fossilized wildlife at Calvert Cliffs.
The park offers 13 miles of hiking trails through marshlands where you can often spot turtles, lizards, and beavers. There is also a recycled tire playground to keep the kids active and picnic areas if you would like to pack a lunch.
The Red trail to the beach is 1.8 miles each way from the parking lot. Once there, you’ll see a spectacular view of cliffs. Swim at your own risk, there is no lifeguard on duty. While some brave parents use rugged jogging strollers to cart the kids, the path is at times narrow and crisscrossed with tree roots. We would not suggest a wagon or any other wheeled device—it would be more hassle than what it’s worth, plus there are some wooden walkways over water. We were there with five kids (ages 2–10). We did have to carry the toddler through parts, but the path was easily navigated even with her little legs and burned off some awesome energy. The park is also extremely dog-friendly.
The park is open sunrise to sunset daily with an admission cost of $5 per vehicle. For more information of Calvet Cliffs, visit the Calvert Cliffs State Park website.
Calvert Cliffs State Park
10540 HG Trueman Rd, Lusby, MD
For more hikes with amazing views, check out our list of Maryland hikes with amazing views.
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