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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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