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    Breezy Point Beach and Campground

    by kooka3 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This beach is about halfway between Prince Fred and Chesapeake Beach. The park features swimming, fishing, picnicking, and camping. The beach is a good size and there's a lot of grassy and shaded areas as well. They have bbq pits available.

    To get there, turn off of Route 4 onto Route 261. Go about 5 more miles and turn left onto Breezy POint Road (there's a green Breezy Point Park sign). The entrance is about a mile down the road.

    It costs $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 12.

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    Flag Ponds Nature Park

    by kooka3 Written Apr 18, 2009

    This is actually near Lusby, south of Prince Fred. It was once a pound-net fishing station on the Chesapeake. Now it displays a variety of natural environments from sandy beachs to freshwater ponds and the forested heights of Calvert Cliffs. Hiking Trails, fossil hunting, observation platforms, a wetland boardwalk, a fishing pier, the beach, and a visitors center with wildlife exhibits are all available. Picnic tables and grills are availalbe. There are no lifeguards or nettle nets, so swim at your own risk.

    Price: From April - October, $4 per car for residents, $6 per car for non-residents. From November to March, it's $3 for all.

    Hours: Memorial Day - Labor day - 9am-6pm (open until 8 on weekends). Closes at 5pm the rest of the year.

    Directions: 10 miles south of Prince Fred, turn left onto Flag Ponds Pkwy.

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    American Chestnut Land Trust

    by kooka3 Written Nov 30, 2008
    Parkers Creek

    The trust was established in 1986 to protect 436 acres of land along Scientists Cliffs Road - land that is part of the Parkers Creek watershed - to provide open space for visitors and citizens of Calvert County. the ACLT manages close to 3000 acres.

    Visitors can visit the 15 miles of trails consisting of hilly woodlands rising from the bay up to 185 feet from the Calvert Cliffs. Stay on the trails and make sure to sign in at all trail heads.

    Most ACLT land drains into Parkers Creek, a brackish tidal stream traversing the last pristing salt marsh on Marylan'd Western Chesapeake shore. Among the natural features of this woodland are several rare plant speacies, including the only known community fo sweet pinesap in Maryland, one of the state's largest living American Chestnut trees, and resident populations of whitetail deer, wild turkey, fox, raccoon, and many local and migratory birds.

    Northern Trailhead: Go 2 miles east on Dares Beach Road (Route 402) from the light on Solomons Island Road (Routes 2/4) in Prince Frederick. Turn right on Double Oak Road and drive 1 mile. Turn left onto the gravel lane at the ACLT sign. Follow the lane past the white house (ACLT Office) to the designated parking.

    South Side Trailhead: Go 4 miles south on Solomons Island Road (Routes 2/4) from the intersection of Hallowing Point Road (Route 231) in Prince Frederick. Turn left on Parkers Creek Road, cross Route 765 and turn right onto Scientists Cliffs Road. Drive .8 miles to the ACLT parking lot on the left.

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    Calvert Cliffs State Park

    by kooka3 Written Nov 30, 2008

    Calvert Cliffs span 30 miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. Visitors can hike to the cliffs. There are freshwater and tidal marshlands and a sandy beach where you can hunt for fossils.

    At one time, a wark, shallow sea covered all of Southern Maryland. When the sea receded about 20 million years ago, cliffs were exposed and began eroding. Today, the cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species, including sharks, whales, rays, and seabirds. Over 600 species of fossils have been identified from Calvert Cliffs. Sharks teeth are a big draw for tourists.

    There's a picnicking area with tables and grills. A pavilion with room for 50 people and a playground with zip lines, a 10-tire bouncer, tire swings and more are available. 13 miles of trails can be hiked through freshwater marshland. Bikes have to be kept on the service road. A 1-acre fishing pond is located in the picnic area, but you need a MD permit to fish.

    Take Route 4 about 13 miles south of PF. Turn left on Route 765. Follow this to the park entrance.

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