Self-Guided Opportunities
Off Road Biking
Location Calvert Cliffs State Park, Lusby, Maryland
Off Maryland Route 2/4, 14 miles south of Prince Frederick
Calvert County
Start/End Entrance of the park
Trail Access Only bike access to Bay is via the gravel service road. No bikes are allowed on hiking trails.
Distance 4 miles round trip
Time Varies with number of stops and condition of cyclist.
Trail Gravel service road. All parts of hiking trails are closed to bikes.
Skill Level Moderate
Suitable For Families? Yes, taking into account the ages and experience of the children. It may be advisable to walk steeper sections due to ruts and loose sand.
Hazards/Restrictions The service road can have some deep ruts, loose gravel and sandy areas. Absolutely NO climbing is allowed on any part of the cliffs. Beach area does NOT have lifeguards. Swimming is at your own risk. Be sure to carry enough water with you for your ride and take precaution against chiggers, spiders, ticks and poison ivy and sumac.
Potable Water Potable water is only available at the public area by the parking lot. Be sure to carry enough with you.
Natural Features This day use park contains over 1,400 acres of woods, ponds, streams, swampy marshes and wetlands including over a mile of shoreline, part of this being a sand beach. This variety of habitat is a haven for insects and wildlife as well as a wide assortment of birds. The beach is also home to two endangered species of beetles, the puritan tiger beetle and the Northeastern beach tiger beetle.
Historic/Cultural Features The main feature of this park is the huge Miocene cliffs that dominate the waterfront. These cliffs rise over the Bay over 100 feet and are slowly eroding. The cliffs are the most extensive assemblage of Miocene fossils in the eastern United States.
Bike Rentals/Service In the Solomons Island area
Camping Only youth group camping is allowed at Calvert Cliffs. Point Lookout State Park is the only nearby state facility. 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 Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and Flag's Pond are both within riding distance.
Other Accommodations Contact Calvert County Tourism at 410-535-4583; TDD 1-800-735-2258.
Fees or Permits Yes
Description The route for bikes to access the Chesapeake Bay is a gravel service road. Parts of the road are shared with hikers. Loose sand tends to accumulate at the bottoms of slopes. Some of the hills may have to be walked. Watch and listen for service vehicles on hillcrests and blind turns.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Tire repair kit or tube
  • Bike pump
  • Helmet
  • Be aware of your skill level and make safety your constant companion
  • Have fun, be safe and come back often
  • Bring sunscreen and insect repellent