Looking for a great trail in Calvert Cliffs State Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Calvert Cliffs State Park ranging from 2.6 to 7.4 miles and from 75 to 134 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, recycled tire playground, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails located in Calvert County. The massive cliffs from which Calvert Cliffs SP was named dominates the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for thirty miles in Calvert County and were formed over 15 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded 20-25 million years ago, marking the end of the Miocene period, 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.

This is an easy to moderate trail, but to get the 7.4 miles you would have to do it twice. It’s only about 3 1/2 miles each loop (round trip) so you’d need to go there and back twice. Still a nice trail. I walked pretty much all the trails in this cluster and thought all of them were easy to moderate. (Not wheel chair accessible but definitely family friendly today. A few small muddy areas but nothing bad.

7.4 miles as recorded

Nice moderate walk! Red trail was flat and easy for my dog and I! Beautiful beach at the end with lots of shells and view of the cliffs!

Well marked trails. Orange trail has a bit of up and down through the forest and Red Trail is relatively flat. Bathrooms/Port-o-Potties at both ends of the Red Trail.

I enjoyed this hike. The red trail is a super easy walk to the beach. The orange trail coming back was my favorite part. That’s where you’ll gain some elevation. There are several trails here that intersect so as long as you pay attention to the blazes you’re good.

This park was awesome! I took my dog and there was hardly anyone around, she was able to walk with me without a leash. The beach was amazing. I walked to the left past the do not enter area and found shells AMAZING VIEW. Definitely recommend!

Great hike and nice views of the cliffs and the bay,

Took the orange down to the beach and then back. About 5 miles. Peaceful little trail

loved this trail, it was scenic with a beaver dam and wildlife and to take a dip in the water after a hot days hike to look for seashells and sharksteeth, it was a rewarding experience. will dgo again!

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5 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. Well marked and pretty, the red is a stroll to a small beach with fossil hunting and nice photos on the way. Orange trail is very secluded and peaceful, narrows at time but easy to follow, some uphill for a good workout. Didn’t see any animals. $5 to park. Nice treasure in Lusby.

A great way to really relax on a weekend

Had a great time with the kids. Mostly shady trail along a stream, marshland, and trees ending at the beach. Really enjoyed the fossil hunting and swimming after the 1.8 mile easy hike. Very peaceful and not crowded. We definitely plan to return. Some muddy areas along the trail but easily managed.

Be aware their is a fee to get in. I thought this trail was pretty with the marsh and swamp views but the bugs were ridiculous. We have never been attacked with bugs like this on any other hike. So we decided to take the other trail (the access road) on the way back.
Due to the Cliffs recently crumbling down, a lot was blocked off but it was still a pretty view. Be aware the beach has no shade and don’t count on finding a shark tooth.
I suggest going early on the weekends because it does get crowded as the day goes by.
A fairly easy hike tho.

amazing scenery. felt like i stepped out of Maryland when i walk on to the Red trail. breath taking a new experiences for me and id love to go back there

Says it’s a moderate hike, but we thought it was pretty easy. Trail way super wet & muddy from the storms, but was manageable. Lots of wildlife & animal tracks left in the mud. Can’t wait to come back!!

hiking
10 months ago

We took our Cub Scout pack out today. It was a beautiful hike. We saw 4 turtles sunning on logs in the water, which was really cool.

great trail, very easy hike! well maintained.

hiking
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Nice hike.

Great trail. I took the red out to the cliffs (they say walking out where the cliffs are is off limits this time of year, but I took that more as a suggestion). Red trail is nice and easy hike offering great water views.

After leaving the cliffs I took the orange trail. It’s also nice and heavily wooded with good inclines. Note, some parts are muddy; you can get through them but I recommend hiking shoes over sneakers for better footing.

Note, towards the end, the map shows that the orange trail continues towards the left of the service road that leads to the parking lot. But really it’s the service road that takes you back.

I’d definitely do this trail again. I went early so it wasn’t crowded.

This place is gorgeous in the snow, even in 9 degrees! a bit tough in the snow because the trail is sandy.

Red trail was a nice walk out to the cliffs. The trail was clean and very well marked. I decided to switch trails when leaving, I started on the Red then switched to Blue junction which ended as the Yellow trail. Calvert Cliffs definitely has the potential for adventure.

I hiked this trail about 2 years ago and it was a popular path to the water. It was a bit muddy towards the water, but a nice hike none the less. Take the Blue trail for a more isolated easy hike.

The White and Orange trails are also a easy hike through the woods.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

I hiked this trail 2 years ago. It is a easy hike with the exception of a steep rocky decent by the 0.6 marker on the map.

hiking
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Easy trail if you just want to get out for a little adventure

Great park

Easy trail not moderate. Beautiful though and easy to follow. Went with two kids and it was easy and nice day together.

Not moderate. This is an *easy* trail. Great trail, beautiful change in forest type and ecosystems. Wish the cliffs were still available to explore. Great escape from DC.

$5 fee is the only reason I don't come more often. The trail is great for dogs and the beach is small but a nice place to relax. The trail has benches and mile markers.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Heavily trafficked, but kids had fun searching for fossils. We walked the Red Trail to the beach and used the service road to return. It was too long of a walk for a 3 and 1 year old, so we used a double stroller. The double stroller consumed most of the width of the Red Trail, and the stroller struggled on the roots on the red trail. We chose the service road for the return, and the person pushing the double stroller struggled with the hills on the service road.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Very nice and well maintained

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