Press Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Calvert County

Calvert Cliffs State Park: New Year’s Fossil Hike

Time of Event: 10 a.m. 
Meeting Location: Calvert Cliffs State Park, next to the bathhouse- 10540 H. G. Trueman Road
Lusby, Maryland?? 
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families 
Length of Hike: 3.6 miles (round-trip). Hike will last approximately 2 hours 
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow, or shine), and bring water for drinking 
RSVP: Participants are encouraged to register via email to or to call Calvert Cliffs State Park at 443-975-4360 
Additional Information: Come kick off your New Year by going for a fun, family-friendly hike at Calvert Cliffs State Park! The trail is approximately 3.6 miles round-trip, stroller accessible, and leads right to the Chesapeake Bay. We’ll stop along the hike to discuss the geologic history of the park, and with the assistance of park staff, look for fossilized shark teeth once at the beach. We’ll finish the hike with refreshments around a cozy fire at the pavilion. Dogs on a leash are welcome!

Charles County

Chapman State Park: Twenty Five Pounds Lighter!

Time(s) of Event: 2pm-4pm 
Meeting Location: Meet at Mt. Aventine Mansion
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Length of Hike: approximate round trip distance of 2 miles 
Things to Bring: Water, comfortable shoes, work gloves
RSVP: (301) 743-7613 or 
Additional Information: Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to “De-Clutter”? It’s one of ours too! Come join a Ranger on gorgeous winter hike to the water where we will try to make Chapman 25 lbs lighter by picking up a few bags of trash from the shoreline of the Potomac. You’ll get leaner, the park will get cleaner, and everyone will start the year off right!

St. Mary’s County

Greenwell State Park: First Day Hike

Time of Event: 11 a.m. 
Meeting Location: Meet at the pavilion at Greenwell State Park 25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood MD 20636 
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families 
Length of Hike: Approximately 1.5 miles 
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking and a mug to enjoy hot cocoa following the hike! 
RSVP: 301-872-5688 or email 
Additional Information: Join a ranger to hike the Orange trail, exploring all that Greenwell State Park has to offer including forest, beach, wetlands, and fields. Afterwards warm up with hot cocoa at the pavilion. Dogs on leash are welcome. This trail is not stroller friendly.

To find hikes throughout the state please visit: First Day Hikes

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