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Battle Creek Cypress Swamp




Open to the Public

Yes

Things To Do

Take a self-guided audio tour of the preserve.  View All

Plan Your Visit

Large groups are welcomed but must make arrangements with nature center staff prior to their visit. View All

Get Directions

Why You Should Visit

Visit this preserve and you'll be immersed in a landscape where now-extinct animals like mammoths once roamed.  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp harbors bald cypress trees at the northernmost limit of this species' natural range in the United States, making this a uniquely captivating place in the region.  The Calvert County Natural Resources Division operates a quarter-mile boardwalk and a nature center to further enhance your visit.  Admission is free.

Click here for Preserve Visitors Guide (PDF).

Location

One hour drive south from Washington, DC, near Prince Frederick, Maryland

View Preserve Guidelines. Please note: dogs are not allowed at any Conservancy preserves.

eBird Observations

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is the only stand of bald cypress trees found in Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay.  It is also at the northernmost limit of this species' natural range.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing Here

Protected in 1957, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is The Nature Conservancy's first preserve in Maryland.  Since 1977, the preserve has been leased to Calvert County and operated as a county park.  The Nature Conservancy owns 100 acres here.

Hours
The nature center is open year round
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00
Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00
Phone: (410) 535-5327

Download an Audio Tour

Planning a visit to Battle Creek? Before your trip, download our self-guided audio tour to your handheld device. It's like having a naturalist in your pocket!

  • Step 1: Download the Battle Creek audio tour map. This map will help identify which audio tracks to play based on your location on the trail, so make sure to take a copy with you on your trip.


  • Step 2: Download and save the mp3 audio files to your handheld device. Play the corresponding track when you reach a waypoint along the trail. Listen to them all or pick & choose based on your interests!

Tour stops 1 - 6

Tour stops 7- 8

Tour stops 9 - 11

What to See: Plants

  • In the spring, a blanket of wild flowers covers the ground in the northern part of the swamp
  • Bald cypress trees, some standing 100 feet tall
  • May-apples, pink lady's-slippers

What to See: Animals

  • Warblers, including the Kentucky, worm-eating, prothonotary, and others

 

Directions
  • From Washington's Capital Beltway (I-495), take Route 4 South into Calvert County
  • From Baltimore, take Rt. 301 South to Route 4 South
  • Just south of Prince Frederick, turn right onto Sixes Road (Rt. 506); from Sixes Road, turn left (south) on Grays Road for one quarter mile to the Cypress Swamp on your right.
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