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Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary
Rare Habitats 
At the northernmost limits In the United States for the natural range of bald cypress trees, this 100-acre nature sanctuary recalls a time some 100,000 years ago when cypress swamps were common over large parts of the region and now-extinct animals like mammoths roamed the landscape.
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.

Sanctuary and Solitude
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.

Nature Education
Inside the nature center, you can explore more closely the mysteries of the swamp through exhibits that focus on the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary makes an ideal day trip for the young and old alike. The Calvert County Natural Resources Division provides a variety of educational programs and outdoor activities throughout the year

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary is a partnership between Calvert County Natural Resources Division and The Nature Conservancy. The Sanctuary is a part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
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Boardwalk trail through the Cypress Swamp
Champion Bald Cypress 

Contact Us

Park Address
2880 Grays Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Labor Day-Memorial Day
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Memorial Day-Labor Day
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed County holidays except Memorial, Independence and Labor Days.

Calendar of Events
Trail Map (pdf)

Entrance Fee

Andy Brown
Naturalist II

Michael Rawlings
Office Assistant

Tania Gale

Philip "Gene" Groshon

Shannon Steele

Edward Sinnes
Nature Center Aide

Mailing Address
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary
c/o Courthouse
175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

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