Nature Parks

Explore the wonders of our natural world as you visit Calvert County Nature Parks: Simply come for a visit or sign up for one of our programs.

Planning on a visit to the parks during the holidays? Please check the Calvert County Natural Resources page for updates on holiday hours and trail closures.

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary

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.

2880 Grays Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

No Entrance Fee

Flag Ponds Nature Park

One of three public beaches on the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, visitors frequently find ancient fossils deposited from the Calvert Cliffs. Several miles of trails lead you through a variety of habitats from upland forest, wooded swamps, open marshes and to the beach dune community typical. The half-mile walk to the beach takes you past relics of a pound net fishery operation from the early 1950s.

1525 Flag Ponds Parkway
Lusby, MD 20657

NOTICE: on weekends and holidays, expect temporary closures and delays for vehicular entry into the park.

Entrance Fee

Kings Landing Park

A 200-foot fishing pier provides opportunity for fishing in the Patuxent River. Canoe and kayak access is also provided. Trails meander through upland forest, meadows and a boardwalk provides view of the marshes along Cocktown Creek. Picnic tables are provided in several locations. Groups may rent Tom Wisner Hall and picnic pavilions for events or activities. Overnight camping is available for organization-sponsored youth groups.

3255 Kings Landing Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

No Entrance Fee

The Division of Natural Resources also manages areas to protect the natural and cultural resources of the county. These facilities are open daily, dawn to dusk.