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Calvert Cliffs State Park
Based on 46 traveler reviews
Nice little hike
Sep 02, 2014 by: Vega2003 from Staunton, Virginia
Yes, there is a little hike to get to the cliffs, and yes, it does go through a swampy area. However, the trail is nicely maintained, board walkway through the swampy part. There was a little bit of wildlife, snakes, frogs, and lizards. Once you get to the cliffs, if you plan on looking for shark teeth, etc, bring something to sift the sand with. If you want to get in the water, BRING WATER SHOES. There is a small sandy area you can relax on but there are large rocks, shells, and pieces of metal in the water. Our feet were cut up. Be aware there is nothing at the cliffs, ai: trash receptacles, water hydrant, or restrooms. They do have a few picnic tables and there is a portapotty on the trail. There are many resting areas along the trail with benches. Not a particularly tough trail but if you take your time, takes about 50 minutes to reach the cliffs.
Aug 11, 2014 by: jdavismcclung from Frederick, Maryland
My review doesn't really describe too much that others haven't already complained about, but all I can say is this is definitely not a beach for small children. The 1.8 mile hike would be worth it if the beach and cliffs were an enjoyable outcome. We drove all the way from Frederick, MD (104 miles one way) for what the brochures and website falsely represented as an awesome experience. The beach was ridiculously small, overcrowded, and quite dirty. We shared the 200 foot stretch with probably 100 other people. The cliffs were off limits, a large research platform was insight right offshore, and even the boardwalk out to the center of the swamp along the way was rotted out and closed to passers by. The best part of the park is the children's playground made out of used tire shreds. Just sayin'... There is no quick escape route, so hopefully it doesn't rain while you're out there with your 2-year old either. Just sayin'... I've been to quite a few of MD's state parks over the years...many of which I've made return visits. This one, sadly, will NOT be one of them. My suggestion...get an inflatable pool from Wal-Mart. It's cleaner, and the beach surrounding it is larger than the one at Calvert Cliffs. Just sayin'...
Nice trail & beach
Aug 11, 2014 by: AngelaMB12 from Hanover, Pennsylvania
I've been wanting to visit Calvert Cliffs SP for years. It is a very nice park (trash free, so make sure you bring trash bags to take your trash with you). My party of 5 had a 4.5 hour stay here. We first hiked the red trail to the beach. The trail is very flat, with great scenery. It is sandy in many spots with some boardwalk parts near the marshes. We saw blue heron, red tailed hawks, turtles, and evidence of beavers. The beach was very clean with tons of shells. The cliffs are nothing spectacular (might that might be our opinion since we'd been in Maine with huge rock cliffs earlier this summer). We (a 9 year old, 20-somethings, and 40-somethings) all had a fun time searching and sifting (we brought along a small shovel and a sifting screen) through sand and shells to find sharks teeth and fossils! There are no shower or even foot rinse off stations, which would have been nice after playing in the sand and surf. After our walk back to the parking area we enjoyed a picnic lunch at one of the many tables available. There is a large recycled tire park for children to play at, though we did not stop by.
Nice hike, tiny beach, visible cliffs
Aug 11, 2014 by: maboffey from Columbia, Maryland
The red trail hike is 1.8 miles of reasonably flat, ever terrain. My husband and I walked it in flip flops with no problem. We saw several families with young children, many seniors and eight or so dogs ranging from a Chiweenie to a Rottweiler. No one seemed to have any difficulty with the walk. The beach is blocked off at each end to prevent injury from sliding rock and soil. The portion that is left open to visitors is a bit small. The view of the bay is nice and the hike was enjoyable, but I don't believe we will do it twice. If I were recommending it yo a friend I'd suggest they visit the Doyle Point Lighthouse and Calvert Marine Museum first, bring a picnic lunch to eat at the Clavert Cliff Park before heading out for the hike, then after the beach and return hike, head over to the beach at North Bay, MD and have some ice cream at the Cold Penguin. It makes for an enjoyable day.
Calvert (NO) Cliffs
Aug 05, 2014 by: John M from Baltimore, Maryland
August 2014 Heard Calvert Cliffs was a sight to see when in Southern Maryland. Right next to a nuclear power plant, We thought we would pay the $5 / car entry fee. Three choices of trails to the beach/cliffs. We took the (red) easy trail. It was about a 2 mile hike in. Nice trails, easy to walk. Would not recommend you bring your luggage, strollers and coolers with you. Trail was muddy and wear bug spray. Made it down with only one fall. We knew the cliffs were having land slides and parts of them were off limits. Very disappointed to see they were all off limits. In fact, I wouldn't even call them cliffs! More like bad beach erosion. Photos make them look tall, they are not. Impossible to find fossils with all the debris. The view was industrial piers on the water. A big waste of time and $5.
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