Get in tune with your senses! Most animals have some senses that are more in tune than others. Eagles are known for having remarkable eyesight. Deer have the ability to rotate their ears, making their sense of hearing remarkable. Vultures can smell carrion from great distances. Catfish have their “whiskers” or barbels that help them feel; they are also covered in tiny hairs instead of scales, so are able to feel vibrations and movement. Each of these animals has one sense that it is well known for. So which is your best sense?Within your team, divide up the cards in the packet. Maybe you have one team member who has to touch everything? Give them the “I feel with my catfish whiskers” card. If you have a member who is always the first to spot something cool, give them the “I spy with my eagle eye” card. Quest teams with more than four members will have to work with a partner. Teams with less will have to double up. The aim of this quest is to hike the Red Trail from the parking lot to the beach and back, spying, hearing, smelling, and feeling as you go. Bring four completed cards to the gate house to “taste” victory and receive your stamp. If the gatehouse is unmanned, call a ranger (443) 975-4360 and they will assist you.
The quest is available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Your Quest at Calvert Cliffs begins at the gate house where teams will pick up a packet of cards. Hike the Red Trail from the parking lot to the beach, checking off items on the senses cards in the packet at you go. Once you have completed your senses cards, bring them to the gate house to get your stamp. If the gate house is unmanned, call the Duty Ranger at (443) 975-4360 and they will assist you.
Packets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Only 10 teams will be allowed to complete a quest at a time. Also remember to bring sunscreen, bug spray, a camera and sufficient water for the hike and the time on the beach. Because of the constant erosion of the cliffs, access to the cliffs themselves is prohibited – do not enter the restricted area as the cliffs are unstable and dangerous. Pets are allowed on the trails.
Calvert Cliffs State Park often fills to capacity on weekends and holidays. Mornings and weekdays are the best times to come in order to avoid crowds. Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, recycled tire playground, fishing, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails.
Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, recycled tire playground, fishing, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails located in Calvert County.
Calvert Cliffs State Park10540 H.G. Truman RoadLusby, MD 20657GPS: 038°23’41.24”N 076°26’13.18”WCalls in advance about the quest can be directed to Smallwood State Park staff at 301-743-7613
Directions to Calvert Cliffs
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401