Hiking

American Chestnut Land Trust bridge in the woods

American Chestnut Land Trust

South Trail: 2650 Scientists Cliffs Road, Port Republic 20676
North Trail: 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick 20678
PF2Bay Trail: 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick 20678
Phone: 410-414-3400 Email American Chestnut Land Trust

Twenty-two miles of serene public hiking trails in three locations make this a great place to hike and explore. Guided canoe trips, guided hikes and a volunteer-run donation farm program round out the opportunities for people to connect with the land.
American Chestnut Land Trust Website

Annmarie Sculpture Garden walking trail with moms and children walking

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

13470 Dowell Road, P.O. Box 99, Dowell, MD 20629
Phone: 410-326-4640 Email Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

Located just outside Solomons, Annmarie Garden features a walking path meandering through woods past works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution along with other artful surprises, a children’s natural play space and native gardens. The center hosts exhibits, a unique gift shop, Nature Nook and the artLAB, a creative re-use space. All ages will enjoy events and festivals, hands-on activities, public art programs and a beautiful setting. Pet friendly (leashed) excluding special events.    
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Website

Battle Creek boardwalk trail through cypress trees

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary

2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

This 100-acre ecological sanctuary includes the northernmost naturally occurring stand of bald cypress trees in America. A nature trail features an elevated boardwalk. The Nature Center houses live animals and exhibits. Classes, demonstrations, field trips and special programs are offered throughout the year. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. No pets allowed. Hours vary by season. 
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary Website

Barn at Biscoe Gray

Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

2695 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-535-5327

Natural surface trails lead visitors (on foot or horseback) around fallow fields, through mature forests and along the cliff overlooking Battle Creek. Public hunting of deer and turkey by reservation only. Dogs on leash permitted.          
Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Website


Calvert Cliffs boardwalk trail

Calvert Cliffs State Park

10540 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 443-975-4360  Email Calvert Cliffs State Park

Hike through this 1,460-acre wooded state park to the majestic Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. Formed over 15 million years ago, the cliffs contain more than 600 species of fossils. Ideal for hiking, picnicking, fishing and fossil hunting. Two-mile walk to the beach. Large tire playground. Information available for pavilion rentals, youth camping or hunting. Limited wheelchair access.
Calvert Cliffs State Park Website

Exhibit at the Railway Museum with a kangaroo from the carousel, cardboard cutouts and signage

Chesapeake Beach Historic Heritage Trail

4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

The Chesapeake Beach Historic Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour through the Town of Chesapeake Beach highlighted with wayside signs. These informational signs show and tell the historical significance of the various spots located along the way of the "trail". As you follow the trail and study the signs, try to imagine what it was once like "back in the heyday.”              
Chesapeake Beach Historic Heritage Trail (PDF)

Boardwalk overlooking the water on the Railway Trail

Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Phone: 410-257-2230

The Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail is located partially on the right of way of the long abandoned Chesapeake Beach Railway, it can be accessed behind Chesapeake Beach Water Park The trail offers scenic views of Fishing Creek and hundreds of acres of surrounding marsh and forest and includes two bridges and several timber walkways over the creek or marshland. Wildlife is abundant and visitors to the trail are quite often treated to bald eagle sightings. 
Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail Website

Cove Point Park woods and playground

Cove Point Park

750 Cove Point Road, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-394-6248

This outdoor center features an eight-lane lap pool with a 1-meter and a half-meter diving board, a zero-entry wading pool with play features, a leisure pool with play features including four waterslides and a concession stand. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Reservations are required for groups of 20 or more.
Cove Point Park Website

Family walking on a path at Dunkirk District Park

Dunkirk District Park

10750 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk, MD 20754
Phone: 410-257-9654                       
Dunkirk District Park Website

Family walking the trail at Flag Ponds

Flag Ponds Nature Park

1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-586-1477 or 410-535-5327

The park includes sandy beaches, freshwater ponds and views of Calvert Cliffs, along with hiking trails, fossil hunting, observation platforms, wetlands boardwalk, Observation pier and visitors center with wildlife exhibits. Picnic tables and grills are provided. Limited wheelchair access. Reservations are required for groups of 30 or more. Dogs on leash permitted. Hours vary by season.
Flag Ponds Nature Park Website

Filed, playground, and barns at Hallowing Point Park

Hallowing Point Park

4755 Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-535-1295                               
Hallowing Point Park Website

Jefferson Patterson Park trail

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
Phone: 410-586-8538 Email Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

Nearly 70 archaeological sites on the property reflect more than 8,000 years of human occupation. Included are a visitor center, exhibit barn, gift shop, hiking trails, a re-created Indian Village and canoe/kayak launch. Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Call about scheduling a tour of the facility.                                
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Website

Boardwalk trail at Kings Landing

Kings Landing Park

3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
Phone: 410-535-2661 or 410-535-5327

This 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, swimming pool ($), picnic shelters, wetlands boardwalk, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall for meetings and receptions. Reservations required for groups of 30 or more. Dogs on leash permitted. Hours vary by season.
Kings Landing Park Website

Trail leading to a large brown barn with a tree to the right

Ward Farm Recreation & Nature Park

10455 Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754
Phone: 410-535-1600

The park currently features multiple multi-use athletic fields, nature trails, paved pathways and a fishing pier. Future construction will add boardwalks overlooking ponds and wetlands, a nature/environmental center, picnic shelters, a disc golf course, playgrounds, camping space and more.
Ward Farm Recreation & Nature Park Website