Flag Ponds - (Calvert County, Maryland)

At Flag Ponds Nature Park all the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay area comes to life. Visitors will discover a wide variety of native wildlife with quiet, close observation.

From early spring through the fall wildflowers such as Columbine, Blue Flag Iris (from which the park derives its name), and Rose-Mallow paint the landscape of Flag Ponds with an explosion of color.

A short, half-mile hike brings you to the sandy beach or you may take longer trail routes that allow you to experience the beauty of the park. Additionally there are observation platforms at two ponds, a fishing pier on the Chesapeake Bay and a visitor's center with wildlife displays.

Flag Ponds Nature Park is also part of Maryland's history. From the early 1900's until 1955 the area was a sheltered harbor on the Chesapeake Bay supporting a major "pound net" fishery supplying croaker, trout and herring to markets as far away as Baltimore. At one time, three shanties housed fishermen during the main fishing season. Known as "Buoy Hotel", only one shanty has survived over the years to remind us of the Flag Ponds fishing complex. The shanty houses a fascinating exhibit on the Bay's old-time fishing industry.

 

GPS Coordinates: 38.450682, -76.4639

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Flag Ponds

GPS Coordinates: 38.450682, -76.4639

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