Take your kids on a Hike to the cliffs of Calvert Cliffs State Park
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 cliffs dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for roughly 24 miles in Calvert County. They were formed 10 to 20 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded, the cliffs were exposed and began eroding. Today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species including sharks, whales, rays and ancient seabirds.
Over 600 types of fossils have been identified at Calvert Cliffs, mostly teeth from various species of sharks. You can do fossil hunting at the open beach area at the end of the red trail, approximately 1.8 miles from the parking lot. Be sure to bring digging tools such as a sieve and shovel with you, and keep in mind that the best time for fossil hunting is at low tide after a big storm.
Hike a trail
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. If you plan on taking a wagon or any other wheeled device— it could be more hassle than what it’s worth. There are some wooden walkways over water and areas that can be very muddy after a rainstorm. We were there with five kids (ages 2–10). Though we did have to carry the toddler through parts, the path was easily navigated even with her little legs and burned off some awesome energy. The park is also extremely dog-friendly.
Calvert Cliffs State Park Info
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
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