Trails: Hiking, Horse Riding, Paddling and More

Trail and Facility Closures

Equestrian Trails

Each horse owner must obtain a free permit. Fill out the online form for an equestrian permit.

  • Kings Landing Park The equestrian facility includes a 150 x 300 riding ring, judge's stand, restrooms, and water hydrants. Trails meander around the meadows and through the woods. Groups may have reservations for use of these facilities. It is suggested that equine enthusiasts call ahead to check on availability.
  • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm The trails along the old fields, meadows, and forest edge transport riders back in time to when Calvert County was predominately farm fields and forests. The site provides parking for several trailers and approximately 90 minutes of ride time. Access is restricted. Users must get a free permit and provide a current negative Coggins report for each horse
  • Smoky Road, Huntingtown The State managed section of the Kings Landing Management Area has ample parking for trailers at the trail head of an extensive trail system within the forests and along fields. The site does allow hunting, so please check the kiosk at the parking area for hunting information.

Hiking Trails

 Each of the Natural Resources parks have hiking trails offering a diversity of hiking experiences.

  • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary An elevated boardwalk traverses through the bald cypress swamp provides hikers with easy access to this rare habitat.
  • Flag Ponds Nature Park A short half mile walk leads to the beach, while longer trails take hikers along the ponds and into the forests. A boardwalk leads to the Chesapeake Bay fishing pier.
  • Kings Landing Park Several miles of trails wander through the woods and around the meadows. A short walk leads to the Patuxent River for fishing or launching canoes and kayaks.
  • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm The trails along the meadows provides several miles of hiking opportunities. In 2021, trails connecting to the Gatewood Preserve will be added.
  • Gatewood Preserve provides additional public access to open space for appropriate outdoor recreation such as water access, hiking, fishing and nature study and increases the protection of Battle Creek and the Patuxent Watershed. This property could be part of a trail connecting Prince Frederick to the Patuxent River.
  • Ward Farm Recreation & Nature Park is open to the public dawn to dusk. Trail Maps are in development.

Calvert Birding Trail

Calvert County has had over 330 reported bird species. Most of the county is rural and habitats include tidal wetlands, freshwater marshes, beaches, forests, meadows, bay and river shorelines and even a cypress swamp. Calvert County is home to both common and notable bird species. View the Interactive Calvert Birding Trail Map 

Water Trails

Calvert County is bordered by both the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. The Natural Resources Division provides access points for both hand carried and trailer boats. Visit the Water Access page for additional information.

Rules and Regulations

Grassy field with trees
Parking lot beside equestrian farm
Leaf covered trail in forest
Wooden shed beside trail in forest
Two kayakers on body of water