Hike the Red Trail, Calvert Cliffs SP

Maryland Calvert Cliffs Parking Area

Added by Kristen May

This is a beautiful hike in Calvert County Maryland with both lush forest lands and sandy shores that is perfect for all skill levels.

Starting in the parking lot you will follow the Red Trail for 1.3 miles until you reach the cliffs that give this park its name. The trail to the cliffs is both easy to follow and gorgeous at every turn. This is a fairly flat trail and is perfect for all skill levels as well as dog-friendly. Once at the sandy beach be sure to look through the sand for shark's teeth as they are easily found here. Once you are finished at the beach follow the same trail back to the parking lot for a total of 3.6 miles round trip.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Towel or chair to sit on if desired
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
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Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

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Year Round

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3.6 Miles



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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11 days ago


This is such a fun place. I'd also recommend a sifter if you want to look for fossils (although there are often some there).

11 days ago

Added by Kristen May

Adventurer, hiker, and photography currently living in Maryland, but spending as much of my time as I can hiking and exploring the American Southwest. Currently planning my move to Colorado, and my thru hike of the John Muir Trail.

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