Calvert Cliffs Red and Orange Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lusby, MD that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Calvert Cliffs State Park is unique among hiking opportunities around this area because it has fantastic views of the Calvert Cliffs from below, fossil hunting opportunities, and hiker-only access to the Chesapeake shoreline! The cliffs and the shores below contain hundreds and hundreds of fossils from the Miocene epoch, more than ten million years ago. The cliffs were formed when southern Maryland was under a shallow sea created this feast for walker, hikers, and fossil foragers alike. Most trails interconnect so it is very easy to hike the mileage you are in the mood for. Maps are on the parks web site or high quality water proof maps can be purchased at the state park web site. Red Trail - 3.6 miles Blue Trail - 2.2 miles Yellow Trail - 1.5 miles Orange Trail - 1.5 miles White Trail - 2.6 miles Silver Trail - 1.2 miles Elev. Gain: Minimal Adding to the pleasure: Foraging for fossils on the sandy beach is permitted, but no swimming is allowed.
uhm awesome! the kids were mesmerized by the fossil hunting here! The trail is pretty much sandy and flat but buggy in spots. Hot but lots of shaded spots. bring water there is nothing to speak of. One little beaver pond area before the beach with turtles etc. The only facilities are in the main parking area. nothing on the beach no bathrooms no water nothing. gilligans island deserted. The cliffs beautiful. the beach a good stretch and easy to keep track of kids. No shade on the beach none so in summer and early fall make sure you put on your sunscreen. and careful we had snack and sat the snack bag in the sand and returned to a bag full of little ants! eek. We were surprised and pleased to see a make shift bin full of sifters, bucket and shovels to try and find fossils. and a fossil identification guide at the entrance to the beach. very very cool highlights of our trips. We ate a bbq place a few miles down the main street there and it was outstanding.
great trail and perfect for younger dogs
Very well maintained trails and super dog friendly! Was there on a Monday afternoon and once we left the Red Trail and to hike the Blue and Yellow Trails, we didn't see another person.
Fun trail. We took the red trail to the beach, looked for fossils for a while, and then took the orange back to the parking lot. The red trail is fairly flat, while the orange has more elevation change to it (though it is not bad).
Took our family here (6 year old, 3 year old) and they had fun. The end of the red trail spits you out right on the Chesapeake. There are toys available for kids to play with in a wood bin at the beach, which was a very cool surprise. Our sister took her dog (English Setter) and he absolutely loved it. Not much beauty to see, but this trail is fun to walk.
Good woodsy and wetland scenery then you come out to the cliffs and the beach on the bay. Only downside is the yuppie infestation on the weekends. Go on a weekday to avoid crowds
Excellent flat hike to a beautiful spot on the Chesapeake below some huge cliffs. Very scenic woodlands and swamplands along the way. Great for a summer day, bring a blanket and some sunscreen and have a swim, or look for fossils and shark teeth below the cliffs.
It's about an hour walk from the parking to the end of the trail and about an hour back. But allow time to explore the beach.
It's also a great trail o break in some boots or do a non uphill backpack training hike, to get used to your pack
Excellent park. You get a pond, trails and beach all in one location.
Great family friendly trail. I HAVE 3 kids age 9, 4 and one under 1 who I carry (babywearing ) My children enjoy the walk to the beach. We love looking for animals and reptiles on the way. when you finally get to the beach plan to stay for some great fossil hunting.The only downfall to this trail is that it is very popular and at times crowded. This makes stopping and enjoying the scenery a problem at times.
Easy trail. Both my daughters first hike. Offers an excellent opportunity to compare marshes and swamps. Beaver dam and many signs of wildlife for young kids' environmental education. Muddy during rainy periods. Often crowded. Go early for peace, quiet and bird watching. Bald eagles seen often. Lovely way to experience southern Maryland in just a few hours.
Too many kids. Just saying.
I've seen it called a moderate hike, definitely not. It was easy. nice trails will maintained. perfect for the family or beginner just getting into hiking.
My 8 year old daughter's first hike (mine as well). She has said she wanted to go a few times, so we went for it today. She really enjoyed it, and loved the beach at the end. Nice paths, not too busy and not completely isolated.
Took red trail down, then red-blue-yellow back up. Blue has some elevation to it, but you could only hear nature on it. Well worth it.
Definitely would do again.
we did the 5 mile loop red to blue to red beach took the orange trail back great look easily done with our 2 year old and dog
The hike I take uses the red trail which takes you from the lot to the beach on a beautiful boardwalk along the marsh. On the return trip, for some additional distance, we take the orange trail and for those interested, the white trail. Others who are looking for about a 4 miles hike just take the red trail back which is right at 4 miles if you take it out and back. Most trails interconnect so it is very easy to hike the mileage you are in the mood for. Maps are on the parks web site or high quality water proof maps can be purchased at the state park web site.
Red Trail - 3.6 miles out and back
Blue Trail - 2.2 miles
Yellow Trail - 1.5 miles
Orange Trail - 1.5 miles
White Trail - 2.6 miles
Silver Trail - 1.2 miles
Elev. Gain: Minimal
Adding to the pleasure: Foraging for fossils on the sandy beach is permitted, but no swimming is allowed."