1525 Flag Ponds Parkway
Park Office: 410-586-1477
Regular Hours begin September 6
General Park Hours Information
Please check the Park Hours and Trail Closings updates from the Natural Resources Division.
Flag Ponds Parkway is 3 miles south of the traffic light at Calvert Beach/Ball Rd.
Just 10 miles south of Prince Frederick, look for the sign along ROUTE 4 and turn LEFT onto Flag Ponds Parkway.
Trail Map (pdf)
Dogs are permitted in the park and on the beach, but they must be kept on a leash. Owners must pick up after their pets.
Groups of 30 or more must make reservations to schedule a naturalist-led program and pay any applicable fees. Contact the Division office at 410-535-5327 to make a reservation.
Effective January 1,2023. New Fees in effect. The entrance fee is per vehicle while the park pass is per household.
THINGS TO DO
See a Calendar of All Our Programs
Program participants do not pay the entrance fee on the day of the program.
Bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach or at the picnic area. No grills are allowed on the beach; we provide grills at the picnic area by the Visitor Center.
Check the Tide Tables for Long Beach.
Flag Ponds Nature Park is also part of Maryland's history.
Flag Ponds Nature Park Shoreline
The Board of County Commissioners entered into a project agreement with the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) for a no-interest loan to design and construct a living shoreline at Flag Ponds Nature Park. The design is complete, and all permits have been received, with the bid documents for construction pending. This project only covers the first 500 feet of problematic shoreline. Future phases of shoreline protection would extend approximately 6,000 feet south of the proposed project, ultimately protecting the entire shoreline of Flag Ponds Nature Park. Shoreline erosion threatens the two freshwater ponds separated from the Chesapeake Bay by a narrow beach dune system. A breach and intrusion of brackish water would essentially destroy the freshwater aquatic and wetland ecosystems. Duncan’s Pond (approx. 9 acres) is the southern, most vulnerable pond; Richardson’s Pond (approx. 28 acres) has a well-traveled boardwalk where visitors observe the unique freshwater pond ecology, while environmental education programs provide meaningful watershed experiences and field studies.
Charlene Osborne of Mission Drone Services provided aerial photograph of the Flag Ponds Shoreline.