Self-Guided Opportunities
Day Walking Hikes
Location Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary
Gray's Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Follow signs off Route 2/4
Just south of Prince Frederick. Turn right on Rt. 506. Look for sign and turn left on Gray's Road.
Calvert County
Trail Access From the Nature/Visitors Center
Distance 1,700 feet
Time Varies
Trail Conditions Boardwalk with a short distance of woodland path on each end of the trail.
Skill Level Easy to moderate
Suitable For Families? Yes, taking into account the ages and experience of the children.
Hazards/Restrictions Boardwalk can be wet and slippery. Be aware of poison ivy. It can appear as fuzzy vines climbing trees as well as the usual three-leaved version. Make sure to wear bug repellent. This is a swampy environment.
Potable Water Potable water is available at the visitors center.
Natural Features This swamp is the northernmost stand of cypress swamp in the country. This is also a great place for nature photography.
Historic/Cultural Features The trees in this swamp are thought to be the descendents of trees growing here some 5,000 to 15,000 years ago, after the glaciers started receding.
Camping The closest camping is available at:
Patuxent Campsites
4770 Williams Wharf Road
St. Leonard, MD

Youth group camping is available at Calvert Cliffs State Park.
For information on private campgrounds in Maryland, please contact the Maryland Association of Campgrounds at 301-271-7012, via e-mail at, or on-line at:
Other Points of Interest The visitors center has many activities to entertain and educate guests of all ages. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is not far from Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Calvert Cliffs State Park and Calvert Cliffs Power Station.
Other Accommodations Contact Calvert County Tourism, 410-535-4583
TDD 1-800-735-2258
Fees or Permits None
Description The boardwalk trail takes you over and through this primeval swamp. The Cypress trees and their knees are very visible and the visitor is able to get a close view of them growing out of the swamp. These trees are not the only treasure in this swamp. A great variety of flowers and other trees are also thriving in this swamp. During the summer months, you might be able to find cardinal flowers and lizard's tails.

  • Calvert County Maryland, From Fossils to the Future, Calvert County Department of Economic Development, 410-535-4583
  • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp brochure, available from the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, 410-535-4583
  • Calvert Cliffs State Park homepage
  • Calvert Cliffs State Park brochure and map, available by contacting the park
Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Small first aid kit
  • Water and a snack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Adequate footwear
  • Compass
  • Rainwear