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Flag Ponds Nature Park

1525 Flag Ponds Parkway

Interesting Facts

  • Millions of years ago, sharks, whales, crocodiles and other creatures inhabited the waters and shores of this area.
  • Most of these animals are now extinct, others are just no longer found here.
  • To the sharp-eyed visitor, sharks teeth and other Miocene fossils may be found along the park's shoreline

Flag Ponds Nature Park is also part of Maryland's history.

  • From the early 1900's until 1955, three shanties housed fishermen during the main fishing season who  worked a major "pound net" fishery supplying croaker, trout and herring to markets as far away as Baltimore.
  • Known as "Buoy Hotel", the last shanty was destroyed in 2012 in a fire.


Missy Lauterbach

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Best kept secret beach in Maryland! You can swim (no lifeguards but swimming at your own risk is allowed), search for shells and shark teeth along the waters edge, or just enjoy the hiking trails that this park offers. This is one of the quietest beaches I've been to in the region. The entrance fee is $8 per car if you are an out of county resident and I think $5 if you are in county. There is a little bit of a hike to get from the parking lot to the water but it's totally worth the hike! Bring bug spray for the hike back to the car, and make sure to reapply it just as you leave the beach and enter the trail...the mosquitos will take a toll if you don't. They have a restroom down by the beach as well as one up at the parking lot. There's no food for sale anywhere in the park so make sure to bring snacks and drinks. I don't recommend a big cooler though (because of the hike), granola bars and backpacks are the way my kids and I like to enjoy this place.

Tamara Burnett

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Love the beach and the hiking trails. I have been in all weather. Nothing like a morning hike then a day at the beach all in the same park. Staff is sweet. The park can get full in the summer and they will not let anyone else in. So come early. Has bathrooms close to the beach and to parking. They keep it clean and ensure everyone is following the rules.

Jun Inada

Saturday, July 14, 2018
We came here at noon of a Saturday in July. There was a waiting list for parking lot and there were around 10 cars. As we couldn't get in until any car went out, we waited for a while. (July 2018) ◇ Great place for fossil hunting in the beautiful beach that is located at 10 minutes walk from the parking. You can find lots of shark tooth fossils easily. Do bring water and sun shade. Bathroom is also equipped near the beach. (2015)

David Sheets

Sunday, July 29, 2018
A nice little beach experience for the young kids, lots of shells, a good little hike, and not too expensive to get in. All the kids had a great time and didn't want to leave at the end of the day. Of course one we got in the car the youngest ones fell asleep right away. Will go back again to spend the day at the beach.

Chelsea Coronel

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Beautiful and well preserved area. Parking is limited, so get there early. Day pass is $8 (I believe it's $5 for Maryland residents). There are bathrooms and showers conveniently located. I liked the fact that alcohol and grills are not allowed and that the beach is only accessible on foot (or keeps it from getting too rowdy).

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