Flag Ponds Nature Park Beach

View of Flag Ponds beach from fishing pier
Flag Ponds beach as seen from the fishing pier. The main swimming area is the long stretch of sand at the top of the picture.

Flags Ponds Nature Park has a huge sandy, natural, swimming beach known for sharks teeth and other fossils found on the shoreline. It’s an excellent beach for families, and dogs are allowed (on a leash).

1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657

Directions: Just 10 miles south of Prince Frederick, look for the sign along ROUTE 4 and turn LEFT onto Flag Ponds Parkway. Flag Ponds Parkway is 3 miles south of the traffic light at Calvert Beach/Ball Rd.

Beach-toy container at Flag Ponds Nature Park beach, Lusby, MD
Beach-toy container at entrance to Flag Ponds beach. Toys must be returned when leaving.

Flag Ponds Nature Park beach is formed by an underwater sandbar that swirls around a small piece of land jutting into the Chesapeake Bay. The water tends to be shallow around the beach, and the sand is covered with shells — mainly oyster shells, some unusually large — and driftwood. The park keeps a container full of beach toys for kids.

Flag Ponds Nature Park beach restricted area
Woman searches for fossils at Flag Ponds beach. Only walking along the water is allowed in this area.

The park entrance is easy to miss. Keep an eye out for the brown park sign. The narrow road takes you down a hill, and through woods, to the visitor center/picnic/parking area. You must park in that parking lot, or the overflow lot just above it.

There’s no parking closer to the beach, unless you have a handicapped tag. But there’s only two, maybe three if the cars squeeze, handicapped spots closer to the beach and not much of a turnaround there.

The visitor center is a lodge with a fireplace and limited displays. It has a white board for visitors to write the fossils they’ve found during the visit. Restrooms are outside center. The nearby grassy, tree-covered picnic area has tables, grills and a playground.

Flag Ponds Nature Park Beach, Lusby, MD
The beach is about the size and shape of a baseball field with tidal ponds in the middle of the sandy field.

It’s a half-mile walk to get to beach. You start down the asphalt road and turn off onto a gravel road. There’s a hill at the beginning of the gravel road which makes a rolling cooler a bit challenging. But it’s a shady walk through forest the rest of the way.

At the bottom of the hill, you’ll pass the handicapped parking spots next to the foundation of fisherman’s shanty. Off to the side of the road, there’s a boardwalk trail, about one person wide, that goes into the marsh, past a pound-net display, to a pond. But to get to the beach continue down the road.

Flag Pond Nature Park beach entrance from woods
Beach entrance

There’s a bathhouse at the end of the road, just inside the woods, with restrooms and an outdoor shower for rinsing off. The trail splits in two  at the bathhouse. One path leads to the fishing pier and the other to the beach. It’s well marked.

Another 5-minute walk toward the beach and the woods open-up into a huge sandy area. In the middle of the sandy area are a couple small tidal ponds. Be prepared to cross small streams flowing from the ponds. The beach is about the size of a baseball field; picture a square beach with rounded corners.

One side of the beach curves toward cliffs. It narrows on the other side to curve around woods and out of sight.

Water at the base of the Flag Ponds Nature Park fishing pier
Clear water at the base of the fishing pier

The fishing pier is about a 5-minute walk down a mainly boardwalk path from the bathhouse. It’s a good way to see the beach if you don’t want to walk on sand. There’s a number of benches on the pier. A tidal/saltwater license is required to fish off the pier.

There is an entrance fee: April – October $4 per vehicle for Calvert County residents and $6 per vehicle for non county residers. Out-of-Season, the fee goes down to $4 for non residents

 

 


 




 


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