Calvert Nature Society
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary and Nature Center will close temporarily beginning Tuesday, Nov. 11 for major renovations to the nature center’s reception center, classrooms and office space. The work is expected to take approximately four months.
The renovations will improve visitor experience by providing an updated space for programs, with conversion of the center’s multipurpose room into a classroom and small meeting space. For those seeking an outdoor winter hike the nearby Gatewood Preserve and Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm will be open dawn to dusk.
2880 Grays Road
Office and Reservations:
Extended Hours from the weekend of Memorial Day through Labor Day
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Regular Hours from Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed most County holidays.
No entrance fee.
Things To Do
Trail Map (pdf)
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary makes an ideal day trip for the young and old alike.
Inside the nature center, exhibits describe the natural and cultural heritage of the area.
Download an audio tour developed by the Nature Conservancy. Senior Naturalist Andy Brown explains the secrets of the swamp.Dogs are not permitted in the park.
Groups of 10 or more must make reservations to schedule a naturalist-led program and pay any applicable fees.
CAUTION: Enter the address 2880 Grays Road Prince Frederick into your GPS. Otherwise you'll end up in the middle of the swamp!
From Washington's Capital Beltway (I-495)Take ROUTE 4 South into Calvert County. Continue south of Prince Frederick. Then follow the directions below from Prince Frederick
From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) Take ROUTE I-97 south to ROUTE 301 South. Countine to to ROUTE 4 South. Continue south of Prince Frederick. Then follow the directions below.
From Prince Frederick
This is one of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees in North America. A short boardwalk trail enables visitors to experience the majestic quality of the cypress trees and the tranquility of the swamp. Exhibits offer an interactive look at local wildlife and cultural history of the area.
Enjoy live animal exhibits such as a red-tailed hawk and a rare albino snapping turtle.
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.
Today, thanks to The Nature Conservancy, which acquired the property in 1957, the Sanctuary's primeval beauty is a protected home to more familiar wildlife. 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.