Prince Frederick is the county seat of Calvert County, MD. It is far enough away from Washington DC to feel like you are out of the city, yet close enough to be an easy commute. The main roads to and through Prince Frederick are MD Route 2 which goes from Annapolis to Solomons Island and MD Route 4 which starts as Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC and at the state line turns into MD Route 4 and runs all the way to St Mary’s County.
Just because they have a small-town feel, doesn’t mean they are a sleepy small town. There is always something to do or see in Calvert County. It is situated beautifully on the water as well as having a great deal of wooded area, so there are fishing and hiking, museums and restaurants, events and gatherings.
One of the coolest oddities on the google terrain map of Prince Frederick is the wastewater treatment plant. It is a black triangle on google maps, and many have speculated what it could be. Calvert County lets you know.
Check out the Local Events
The best place to find some of the coolest current events in the area is on
Some of the events are concerts or get-togethers like the Second Hand News Concert (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) at the Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick, Camp Out in the Vineyard at the Running Hare Vineyard, Spring Fling at the Serenity Farm in Hughesville (near Prince Frederick), Take Me Back Concert at the Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, Casablanca: Movie Night & Cocktail Party at the Running Hare Vineyard. There are also birthing classes at the Calvert Health Medical Center, or an Integrated Business Engagement Network at one of the businesses in Prince Frederick. Many diverse activities no matter the interest is available. (Like gardening, bingo, and comedy. Too many to list them all!) Enjoy this great resource!
And for Parks…
Breezy Point Beach and Campground
5300 Breezy Point Rd. Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 410-535-0259
Imagine! Camping on the beach! Or camping so close you can walk to it when you wake up! This popular park fills up fast on holidays… be sure to check the website for tips on getting a spot!
The beach is on the Chesapeake Bay. There is a 200-foot pier if you like fishing or crabbing. The campground can handle popups, tents or RVs and trailers – so come bring your gear and have some fun with the family. This is the place to just gaze at the water and watch the sunrise. This park is cheaper for county residents, so if you already live in Calvert County, it is discounted quite a bit on the park fees.
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
2880 Grays Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-535-5327
The bald cypress is a tree that normally grows in the south, but this is the northernmost places it grows – so this area is a sanctuary. This preserve is about 100 acres and these trees are estimated to be about 1,000 years old! The admission to this park is free. The path is on a boardwalk and there is an albino snapping turtle and many red-tailed hawks that are frequently seen. The trees are about 100 feet tall so this is a nice shady walk on a hot day. Check out the website for directions (and hours and such).
Hallowing Point Park
4755 Hallowing Point Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678
This particular park is full of amenities for the activity driven. Some of them are baseball fields, basketball courts, football fields, multipurpose fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, snack/concession stands, tennis courts, and walking/jogging trails. This park is open from mid-March to mid-November, so it is open most of the year. Enjoy your time here especially if you have team sports on your mind!
If you are an active sort, you may be interested in the Patuxent Challenge!
The Patuxent River is 115 miles long in a watershed of over 900 miles. It is one of the most scenic and historic rivers in Maryland. Seven counties are within the watershed and offer a diversity of outdoor activities. By completing this challenge, you will experience not only a different part of the Patuxent River but a different part of Maryland as well.
Grays Road Dog Park
2695 Grays Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Do you want to spend time with your pup? Say no more. Got you covered. The Grays Road Dog Park has an off-leash pet area and restrooms for humans. Let Rover find some friends and get some running time in – then you will both feel better! This park is open year-round, dawn to dusk.
American Chestnut Land Trust
2695 Gray’s Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 Phone: 410-535-5327
This trust is also known as the Parkers Creek Reserve. ACLT owns and manages nearly 1400 acres, with 3500 total preserved. This preserved land has 22 miles of trails and it is human and dog-friendly. Many people are thrilled to have this beautifully preserved land in their “backyard” so they can discover nature again, just take a hike, or enjoy time with their dogs.
Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
2695 Gray’s Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 410-535-5327
There is also a park in development called the Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm. This site is of great interest to local archeologists who have found many artifacts detailing life since 200 CE. There are also historical buildings built by George E Rice, an African American farmer who was there between 1915-1938. Public deer hunting is also available at this farm area. Horses and dogs are also welcome, horses with permits and dogs with leashes. No fees.
Calvert Kettle Corn https://calvertkettlecorn.com/
3723 E Chesapeake Beach Rd Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 410-257-1035
9110 Chesapeake Ave North Beach, MD 20714 410-257-1035
If you are hungry at this point and willing to drive a little, there is a local place called Calvert Kettle Corn that has 73 flavors of popcorn currently. They sell in places all around Calvert County and online. It may be worth a peep!
Enjoyment for all
These are just the parks that are available in the Prince Frederick area. Calvert County has so much to offer its residents, no matter if they have 2 feet or 4 paws or hooves. A great deal of the land here is preserved and kept beautiful for everyone to enjoy.