I have been dying to get down to the infamous shark teeth beaches in Calvert County ever since I first heard about the area on @BortEdward’s insta feed back in December of last year. The beach is actually a stretch of the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland just north of the fossil laden Calvert Cliffs. After investigating the best place to search for teeth at the fossilguy.com I settled on Flag Ponds Nature Park and since I knew my girls would appreciate it more in the summer, it made the summer bucket list.
My dear friend texted in the morning to say they decided last minute to head out to Flag Ponds, so we packed up a lunch and headed out. We made the rookie mistake of hunting for shark teeth on July 4th weekend and the place was packed! The good news was we learned a whole lot about the parking situation. Holidays (in the summer) are very busy and the park has a parking capacity. Once that parking capacity is reached, five cars have to leave before they let five more cars in. Luckily it only took us (my poor husband) about 40 mins of waiting to get it. They will let some of your group walk into the park as long as someone stays in the car to wait for parking. The beach is about about a half mile walk from the parking, down a gravel road through the woods. We passed other trails leading to ponds that we hope to explore next time. There is a Fishermans Shanty along the path, followed by bathrooms with a rinse shower right before a short boardwalk that leads to the beach. There are tide pools and sand dunes to traverse as you make your way to the sandy beach. It was a bit much for our walkers under the age of 4 so prepare accordingly. We had our youngest two in the stroller and preschooler walking. Pushing the stroller across the sand was less than ideal, but it strengthened my desire to get a beach wagon!
Once you hit the beach there is lots of space to set up umbrellas, tents, chairs or blankets. The water is only about waste high so our little ones could swim and splash without getting too deep. Our preschool and younger aged kids were very excited about the sharks teeth. We spent most of our time sifting through the sand looking for them, interspersed with swimming and building sand castles.
The sharks teeth we found were tiny! There was one woman who had found one the size of a nickel, but ours were more rice grain size. According to fossilguy.com it’s not the best place for looking for large sharks teeth, but it’s kid friendly. Luckily our little ones are very imaginative and were finding shell pieces and fossils that “were definitely dinosaurs”! We took a walk over towards some cliffs, which are not accessible, but the fossil and shells were abundant. We used kids sand toys for searching, but saw some very serious searchers there with the proper kit.
We can’t wait to go back for another fun bay day and explore more of Flag Ponds! Let us know if you get out there for a shark tooth hunt adventure!