Located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland is Flag Ponds Nature Park. The park’s nature center has displays with artifacts, shells, and shark teeth found within the park, as well as information on the animals, the environment, and history of the park. There is a picnic area near the nature center and parking lot that has picnic tables and grills.
From the parking lot, there are several trails you can follow in different directions. Some follow the cliffs and wind through the woods, while the main trail heads down a steady slope toward the beach. There is limited handicapped parking at beach level for those that may need to park a little closer. Several other trails branch off the main trail and will take you to one of the several ponds in the park to explore the area, bird watch, or take nature and wildlife photographs.
With popular activities like searching for seashells and shark teeth, metal detecting, swimming, and fishing, the beach seems to be the main attraction of Flag Ponds Nature Park. There are a few chairs near the tree-line, a fishing pier and a large tidal pool (at low tide) that can also be explored. Wearing shoes is recommended on the beach as there is often driftwood and other debris washed up on shore. Wearing water shoes is also a good idea if you decided to go into the water.
The park is dog friendly, though if you wish to bring your four-legged companion, don’t forget a leash. There are signs posted along the trails stating that you may be asked to leave the park if your pet is not on a leash. The Battle Creek Nature Education Society (BCNES) also plans fun activities for children to learn about animals, the environment and science. Check the BCNES website for upcoming events.