Calvert Cliffs State Park

Park ReservationsScenic View of the cliffs


Calvert County

Calvert Cliffs State Park
10540 H. G. Trueman Road
Lusby, Maryland​​
Contact: ​443-975-4360​​

Headquarters Address:
Calvert Cliffs State Park
c/o Merkle Wildlife NRMA
11704 Fenno Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Daily, year round.

Plan Ahead for "Filled to Capacity" Park Closures

The massive cliffs, from which Calvert Cliffs State Park was named, dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for roughly 24 miles in Calvert County. They were formed over 10 to 20 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded the cliffs were exposed and began eroding. Today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species, including sharks, whales, rays and seabirds that were the size of small airplanes. Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, an accessible recycled tire playground, fishing, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails. Day use service charge is $5/vehicle ($2 additional for out-of-state residents), small bus $10, large bus $20. Cash only.

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Southern Maryland Recreation Complex – Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Agricultural Opportunities

Part of the Maryland Park Service mission is to promote the management of natural and cultural resources to ensure the continuing benefits for present and future generations, and farming is an important component of that. Agriculture is one of the central themes in Maryland’s rich and complex history and remains an important part of our state’s culture. It helps maintain wide open spaces and provide pastoral views that have remained unchanged despite surrounding development. Agricultural land use can also provide important food for wildlife and provide locally sourced food for nearby communities. In areas of Southern Maryland Recreation Complex where agriculture can coexist with passive recreation, the Maryland Park Service leases out lands that contain prime agricultural soils and have a history of being farmed to interested farmers for short-term agricultural use.

Are you interested in farming at Southern Maryland? See the Public Notice for seven agricultural lands out for bid:​