Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary

2880 Grays Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678 

Office and Reservations:

Calvert County Natural Resources Battle Creek Page


Extended Hours from the weekend of Memorial Day through Labor Day

Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun: 1-6 p.m.

Regular Hours from Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend

Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sun: 1-4:30 p.m.

Closed most County holidays.

No entrance fee.


CAUTION: Enter the address 2880 Grays Road Prince Frederick into your GPS. Otherwise you'll end up in the middle of the swamp!

From Washington's Capital Beltway (I-495)Take ROUTE 4 South into Calvert County. Continue south of Prince Frederick. Then follow the directions below from Prince Frederick

From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) Take ROUTE I-97 south to ROUTE 301 South. Countine to to ROUTE 4 South. Continue south of Prince Frederick. Then follow the directions below.

From Prince Frederick

  • Continuing south of Prince Frederick, turn RIGHT onto SIXES ROAD (Rt. 506)
  • Look for the sign and turn LEFT on GRAY'S ROAD.
  • The Sanctuary will be on your RIGHT approximately one quarter mile.

Upcoming Programs

06/24/2019 9:30 AM • Location varies, see description
07/01/2019 10:00 AM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

This is one of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees in North America. A short boardwalk trail enables visitors to experience the majestic quality of the cypress trees and the tranquility of the swamp. Exhibits offer an interactive look at local wildlife and cultural history of the area.

Enjoy live animal exhibits such as a red-tailed hawk and a rare albino snapping turtle.

Things To Do

Trail Map (pdf)

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary makes an ideal day trip for the young and old alike.

  • Wetland Boardwalk
  • Nature Study
  • Birdwatching
  • Interpretive Exhibits
  • Picnic

Inside the nature center, exhibits describe the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Download an audio tour developed by the Nature Conservancy. Senior Naturalist Andy Brown explains the secrets of the swamp.

Dogs are not permitted in the park.

Groups of 10 or more must make reservations to schedule a naturalist-led program and pay any applicable fees.

Interesting Facts

  • One of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees In the United States
  • Over 100,000 years ago now-extinct animals like mammoths roamed the forest.

Interesting Reading

Today, thanks to The Nature Conservancy, which acquired the property in 1957, the Sanctuary's primeval beauty is a protected home to more familiar wildlife. As you walk on the quarter-mile boardwalk trail, listen to nature's harmony of calling frogs and songbirds. With quiet patience and sharp eyes you may even catch a glimpse of some of the abundant life supported by this wetland.

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County‚Äôs natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676.
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