Bayfront Park is a small swimming beach just outside Chesapeake City, Maryland. It’s hidden away and easy to miss, maintained mainly for locals.
It’s pretty if you enjoy natural beaches.
7255 Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Bayfront Park, also called Brownie’s Beach, is one-half mile south of Chesapeake Beach on the Chesapeake Bay’s western shore. There’s no sign on the road. You’ll see a small parking lot among the trees on the waterside of Route 261 (Bayside Road). Once you turn in, then you’ll see the Bay Front Park sign.
The beach is at the end of a small marsh between dirt cliffs. There are no facilities, picnic area, lifeguard or any other amenity. Bring your food and beverages, and you must take the trash with you when you leave. Be aware that the beach is a 5-minute walk down a wide asphalt walkway through woods. The beach itself is maybe two small-town blocks long, sandy and moderately wide. The water is shallow for a ways out.
Dogs are allowed on Bayfront Park Beach, as long as they’re on a leash.
The beach is free for town residents and their guests. There is a fee for others during the summer months:
- Calvert County residents — $8 for adults, $5 for young children;
- Everyone else — $18 for adults , $10 for young children
- Admission fees are waived for active duty military personnel and veterans on Memorial Day, Labor Day and July 4th.
The parking lot has room for maybe 30 cars. The elementary school just inside the city limits is available for auxiliary parking on weekends and holidays, but it’s a 1/4 mile walk to the beach.