Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary

2880 Grays Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678 

Office and Reservations:

Calvert County Natural Resources Battle Creek Page

Upcoming Programs

05/25/2019 3:00 PM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
05/28/2019 2:00 PM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

Bald Cypress, Photo by Audrey Dorrans


Memorial Day-Labor Day

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

Labor Day-Memorial Day

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.


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.

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

Visit our Exhibits

 Rakiok Reading Nook

Created from a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
by Peter Vogt. Installed at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2014

This cozy reading nook was created from a hollow stump from a tulip tree that blew down in a windstorm in the middle 1990s, a few miles east of the Cypress Swamp. The American Indians encountered by the 1585 Roanoke expedition at the south end of the Chesapeake called the tree Rakiok.

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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