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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.
One hour drive south from Washington, DC, near Prince Frederick, Maryland
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.
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!
What to See: Plants
What to See: Animals
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