Calvert Cliffs State Park

Maryland Field Trips

Field Trip:

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Location: 10540 H. G. Trueman Road
Lusby, Maryland
URL: dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/calvertcliffs.aspx
Phone: 301-743-7613
Email: None listed
Grades: PreK – 12th
Subject: Biology, Environmental, Paleontology
Hours: Sunrise to sunset, year-round
Cost: $5 per car with Maryland plates
$20 per large bus
Entrance fee is cash only.
Parking: Free on-site parking
Accessibility:

  • Wheelchair accessibility to the beach can be pre-arranged 2 weeks in advance


County location

Resources to Help Make the Most of Your Trip

NO Free Lesson Plans NO Docent Tours
NO Online Activities NO Homeschool Programs
NO Classes/Workshops NO Scout Badge Programs
NO Trunk and/or Travelling Program NO Virtual tour

About Calvert Cliffs State Park:

The massive cliffs, from which Calvert Cliffs State Park was named, dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for roughly 24 miles in Calvert County and were formed over 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 seabirds that were the size of small airplanes.

The 1/4-mile sandy shoreline at Calvert Cliffs State Park is the main destination for most visitors. It requires a 1.8-mile walk from the parking lot to get there.

Fossil hunting can be done at the open beach area at the end of the red trail. Over 600 species of fossils from the Miocene era (10 to 20 million years ago) have been identified in the Calvert Cliffs. Chesapectens, Ecphora, Miocene era oyster shells, and sharks teeth are common finds.

The area beneath the cliffs is closed due to dangerous land slides and the potential for injury. It is illegal to collect fossils beneath the cliffs.

In addition to fossil hunting and swimming, there is a recycled tire playground; 13-miles of nature trails; camping; and fishing at Calvert Cliffs State Park.

NOTE: Calvert Cliffs State Park is a popular summer destination. Check the website for information about when and how the park closes due to full capacity.


BONUS:

Bring your own sieves and shovels to sift the sand for fossils. You get to keep what you find.


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