Flag Ponds Nature Park in Lusby offers beaches where kids can splash, hunt for treasures and fish from a pier.
Look for sharks’ teeth and other fossils, do a bit of bird watching and cool off in the water. But note: There are no lifeguards on duty and there may be jellyfish in the water.
There is a picnic area and hiking trails to explore, as well as two ponds with observation areas. The beach is about a half-mile walk from the parking area.
The park is open weekends 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Mon-Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer season. It can get crowded and sometimes closes temporarily on weekends for vehicular entry into the park.
Entry fee is $5 for Calvert County residents and $8 for others per vehicle.
Flag Ponds is located just 10 miles south of Prince Frederick. Look for the sign along Route 4 and turn left onto Flag Ponds Parkway. Flag Ponds Parkway is 3 miles south of the traffic light at Calvert Beach/Ball Road.
For details visit the Flag Ponds Nature Park website.
For more water fun this summer, check out our list of beaches off the beaten path and places to swim in Maryland.
Photo by Doug Barber