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Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary


Rare Habitats 

At the northernmost limits In the United States for the natural range of bald cypress trees, this 100-acre nature sanctuary recalls a time some 100,000 years ago when cypress swamps were common over large parts of the region and now-extinct animals like mammoths roamed the landscape. 

Today, thanks to The Nature Conservancy, which acquired the property in 1957, the Sanctuary's primeval beauty is a protected home to many plants and animals.

Sanctuary and Solitude

As you walk on the quarter-mile boardwalk trail, listen to nature's harmony of calling frogs and songbirds. With quiet patience and sharp eyes you may even catch a glimpse of some of the abundant life supported by this wetland. 

Nature Education

Inside the nature center, you can explore more closely the mysteries of the swamp through exhibits that focus on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. 

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary makes an ideal day trip for the young and old alike. The Calvert County Natural Resources Division provides a variety of educational programs and outdoor activities throughout the year

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary is a partnership between Calvert County and The Nature Conservancy. The Sanctuary is a part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.


John Swierczek

Thursday, July 12, 2018
BaldCypress swamps are a distinctly unique feature of the Southeast U.S.coastal province. The BaldCypress Tree is closely related to the Redwood & Sequoia trees found out West --- kind of a swamp version if you will! BaldCypresses can grow to massive proportions & live over a thousand years! Sadly over 90% of these amazing trees have been logged over the years so the few remaining tracts are special places of rare beauty! Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is the most northern grove of BaldCypress trees in the East & is easily accessible - a stone's throw off of Rte4 just west of Prince Frederick in Calvert County. It's a quiet respite of natural beauty unlike any place else nearby! Friendly park staff & a wide range of educational displays are available at the visitors center. I love spending a few hours here while taking a break driving through Southern Maryland!

robin whitfield

Friday, June 22, 2018
The ranger there was very knowledgeable about the area wildlife. Couple of nice trails through cypress stand.

Phill W

Monday, June 25, 2018
Geocaching on the Find Your Chesapeake Geotour and found a delightful jewel of a park.

Ryan Baker

Saturday, March 3, 2018
A nice little nature walk and the nature center has a few live animals, stuffed animals, and cool exhibits. The staff are very nice and the price (free) is great.

Pete Geller

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
I love this place especially in the off season. That's when you can avoid the insects. It's also much less crowded and you can sit and enjoy the silence/sounds of nature!

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