Protected in 1957, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is The Nature Conservancy's first preserve in Maryland. It harbors bald cypress trees at the northernmost limit of the species' natural range in the United States, making this a uniquely captivating place in the region.
Since 1977, the preserve has been leased to Calvert County and operated as a county park. The Calvert County Natural Resources Division operates a quarter-mile boardwalk and a nature center to further enhance your visit.
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