When we first moved to Maryland a couple of years ago, I found out about Calvert Cliffs State Park. We finally made it to Calvert Cliffs a couple of weeks ago, this state park is known for unique fossils and shark’s teeth.
Located in Calvert County, Maryland; Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park. There is a sandy beach, hiking trails and lots of marshland included in the park.
Calvert Cliffs State Park Address – 10540 H. G. Trueman Road Lusby, Maryland.
History of Calvert Cliffs State Park
Calvert Cliffs State Park was named after the cliffs that span about 24 miles of the Chesapeake Bay. These Cliffs are the source of the unique fossils and shark’s teeth that can be found along the beach.
The cliffs are unstable, so for safety you are not allowed to go right under the cliffs to collect fossils.
We spent some time along the beach and in the first 10 minutes of being there we found 10+ small shark teeth.
Fossil Hunting Tip
Most of the Sharks teeth you will find are small, using a sifter (like these) works great. Without a sifter, you will miss a lot of teeth.
Tips for Visiting Calvert Cliffs State Park with Kids
Bring a $5
The “Charge” per car is $5 for the day, don’t plan on having someone there to make change for your $20. There is not someone to take your money. Calvert Cliffs State Park is run on a donation basis.
Be Prepared to Walk
The beach is about 1.8 miles from the parking lot, so plan on it taking 45 minutes or so to walk to the beach.
Before going to Calvert Cliffs State Park Beach make sure to plan enough time to walk back from the beach before dark.
Bring a Stroller
If your bringing kids to the beach I would recommend bringing a stroller, unless your little one is okay walking 1.8 miles each way (or you want to carry them).
We brought our umbrella stroller and I wish we would have brought our bigger stroller. A couple of small areas on the path are sandy so a stroller with bigger tiers will move more easily.
Be selective about what you haul out to the beach, remember you have to bring it back with you.
I would recommend bringing:
- Small snacks
- Sunscreen (If you’re visiting during the day)
- Bug spray (The 1.8 mile walk is through marshland areas)
- A towel or two (if you plan to get in the water or if you have kids)
Wear (Bring) Water Shoes
We got these awesome Speedo water shoes that fit like tennis shoes. We wore these shoes to walk to the beach, in the water and walking back. They worked great and we didn’t have to carry extra shoes.
There is a box near the beach with beach toys in it. When we visited, the box had a lot of toys in it. If you have “must have” toys bring them along, but if you don’t want to haul one more thing, there might be toys at the beach to play with.
Have you ever visited Calvert Cliffs State Park? What tips would you add to the list?