Bay Front Park is a small swimming beach just outside Chesapeake City, Maryland. It’s hidden away and easy to miss, maintained mainly for locals. But, Bay Front Park is a pretty little beach.
Directions: Parking lot is 1/4 mile south of Chesapeake Beach town limits on Rt. 261/Bayside Road on the East side of the road. Beach Elementary School just inside the town limits is used for auxiliary parking.
Bay Front Park is also called Brownie’s Beach. It’s one-half mile south of Chesapeake Beach, on the Chesapeake Bay 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’s 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.
The beach is a 5-minute walk down a wide asphalt walkway through woods. It’s maybe two small-town blocks long, sandy and moderately wide. The water is shallow for a ways out.
Dogs are allowed on Bay Front 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: for Calvert County residents — $6 for adults, $5 for children; for everyone else — $13 for adults , $9 for 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.