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Southern Maryland Parks

Southern Maryland ParksPoint Lookout State
Point Lookout, MD 


Open all year for camping. Beaches, Fishing, Boat Rental, Smith Island Cruise, site of Fort Lincoln, Civil War Museum. For information about Point Lookout State Park, call the Park at 301-872-5688 or, write Point Lookout State Park, P.O. Box 48, Scotland, Maryland 20687.

Bay Front Park 

Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732


Enjoy the bay at this uncrowded beach complete with a fishing pier. The beach is open during daylight hours and there is no admission fee. No glass or grills are allowed on the beach and you must take your trash with you when you leave. Pets are allowed on a leash, but don’t forget to bring your pooper-scooper.

Breezy Point Public Beach 

Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 

410-535-1600 x225 

Open May 1 – October 31.
This public beach features picnic tables, swimming, fishing, and crabbing.

Calvert Cliffs State Park 


Lusby, MD 20657


The cliffs which dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for thirty miles in Calvert County, were formed over 15 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. Over 600 species of fossils have been identified from these cliffs, with the teeth of various species of shark as the most abundant fossils. The park is 14 miles south of Prince Frederick on Maryland Routes 2 & 4.

Cedar Point Beach

Patuxent River, MD 20670 


Staffed with trained lifeguards. Open everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bathrooms, outdoor showers and a playground. Use is limited to personnel with access to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Elms Public Beach 

Dameron, MD 20628 


Located on the Chesapeake Bay, Forest Road in Dameron. Pavilion, portable toilets, no running water, field for team sports, picnic tables, swimming. Open weekends only.

Flag Ponds Nature Park 


Flag Ponds Parkway

Lusby, MD 20685 

410-586-1477 (info)
410-535-5327 (reservations) 

Named after the abundant Blue Flag Iris, this parkland has been set aside by the County to preserve a portion of the natural beauty of the area. There are a variety of trails through the park – a half-mile trail to the beach and a fishing pier – longer trails through the park to two freshwater ponds. The area had been a sheltered harbor, supporting a fishery. One of the fishermen’s shanties still remains, housing an exhibit on the Chesapeake’s old-time fishing industry. 
If you take the several trails through the wooded area, you are likely to meet woodchucks, rabbits, and raccoons that inhabit the preserve. You can also see an occasional bald eagle, as well as ducks and other water fowl.

North Beach Public Beach


North Beach, MD 20714 


This beach offers a fishing and crabbing pier, swimming, snack bar and boardwalk. The pier closes at midnight. No pets or glass containers allowed. There is an admission fee.