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This 2-mile hike explores a coastal plain comprised of typical eastern woodland. An amphibian filled wetland serenades your journey.

In order to reach the park's namesake, Calvert Cliffs, overlooking the sparkling Chesapeake Bay, park at the trailhead along MD State Routes 2/4. Hike-in approximately 2 miles on either the green or red trail. The trails create a loop, each traveling through several habitats. Most hikers plunge into the journey with their destination in mind. Relax and enjoy the trip into a coastal plain lush with beech, oak, sweet gum, poplar and maple. A surprise along the way is the wetland where an ear-piercing orchestra of frogs, mainly spring peppers and an occasional baritone bullfrog, entertain the seasonal visitor. Boardwalks ease the wet areas. Once you reach the cliffs, be aware of the restricted areas. The cliffs are over 15 millions of years old, comprised of soft sandstone that is constantly reshaped by wind and sea. The scavenger collects treasurers such as sharks teeth, whalebones, and an array of other maritime creatures. Fossil digging is prohibited. Picnic sites and shelters, fishing opportunities and restrooms are located at trailhead.

Directions: From Prince Frederick, MD, Take MD State Route 2 / 4 fourteen miles south to reach the park. Trailhead parking is clearly marked.

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Easy

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Calvert Cliffs State Park, Maryland

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