Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, recycled tire playground, fishing, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails located in Calvert County.
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.
Pets are allowed in Calvert Cliffs State Park.
Calvert Cliffs State Park Trail Map
A new map of the trails at Calvert Cliffs State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.
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Fossil Hunting - Fossil hunting can be done at the open beach area at the end of the red trail, approximately 1.8 miles from the parking lot. Over 600 species of fossils from the Miocene era (10 to 20 million years ago) have been identified in the Calvert Cliffs, many of which can be found at Calvert Cliffs State Park. Chesapectens, Ecphora, Miocene era oyster shells, and sharks teeth are common finds. Sieves and shovels can be used to sift the sand for fossils. Please keep in mind that 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.
**CLIFFS SAFETY NOTICE** - Due to the danger of the landslides caused by cliff erosion and the serious injuries they can cause, climbing upon and walking beneath the cliffs is prohibited. Thank you for your safe cooperation.
Beach - The Calvert Cliffs' beach area is a sandy quarter mile stretch located on the Chesapeake Bay. The shortest route to the beach is the 1.8 mile red trail. Fossil hunting, swimming, sunbathing and an open play space are common reasons people visit the beach. No lifeguard is present and swimming is at your own risk. This beach is located near the Calvert Cliffs. Please keep in mind that the area beneach the cliffs is closed due to dangerous land slides and the potential for injury.
Nature Trails - Designated as a wild lands area, 1079 acres of the park are preserved for hiking and nature appreciation. Thirteen miles of marked foot trails are open to the public. Cyclists and equestrians are restricted to the service road. Biking and horseback riding are prohibited on designated wild land trails to prevent further impact.
Picnic Areas - Picnic tables and grills are available on a first come, first serve basis. The pavilion can accommodate approximately 50 people and is available through our reservation system. Click here to make reservations on-line for the pavilion.
Recycled Tire Playground - Calvert Cliffs State Park offers an accessible tire playground located in the main day-use area.
Youth Group Camping - Seven sites are available in the youth group camping area, some with pavilions. Bathrooms are available to campers along with potable water. An open area for games and play is available on a first come, first served basis, along with a trail down to the beach for fossil hunting.
Fishing - A one acre fishing pond is located in the picnic area. A Maryland non-tidal fishing license is required for anyone 16 years and older. A Maryland Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing license is required for fishing at the beach, which is located on the Chesapeake Bay. Visit DNR's online Fishing Guide for more information.
Hunting - Approximately 550 acres are open to hunting for upland game, turkey and deer. Upland game species include squirrels and rabbits. Turkey hunting is permitted only during the spring gobbler season. Deer hunting is permitted during seasons established by the Wildlife and Heritage Division. All hunters must register at the hunter parking area. For information about hunting, visit The Maryland DNR Guide to Hunting and Trapping.
Hunters may enter / remain on park property outside of the regular posted hours provided that they are engaged in legitimate, authorized hunting activity.
Hours and Fees - Hours of operation are sunrise to sunset daily, year round. Day use service charge is $5/vehicle, out-of-state residents $7/vehicle, small bus $10, large bus $25.
Handicap Accessibility - Handicap access to the beach can be arranged by calling the headquarters office prior to your visit. Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Accessibility For All website for more information.
Calvert Cliffs is run in partnership with the Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park. For information on becoming a volunteer with Calvert's Friends Organization you may contact them at:
P.O. Box 1042
Lusby, MD 20657
Calvert Cliffs State Park is located at:
9500 H. G. Trueman Road
Correspondence: Calvert Cliffs is part of the Southern Maryland Recreational Complex. All correspondence, questions and concerns should be directed to Smallwood State Park at the address and phone number listed below.
***This is not the physical address of Calvert Cliffs State Park***
Calvert Cliffs State Park
c/o Smallwood State Park
2750 Sweden Point Road
Marbury, MD 20658
Calvert Cliffs is located in Calvert County.
Directions: Take Route 2/4 south to approximately 14 miles south of Prince Frederick. Exit onto H.G. Trueman Road. You will be facing the park entrance immediately.
Calvert Cliffs State Park is located at:
9500 H. G. Trueman Road
Contact Calvert CliffsPhone: 301-743-7613
Hours of OperationSunrise to Sunset
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us