Calvert County High Point Trip Report

188 ft*1

Author: Glenn Bock

Area Location: Area 1 mile North of Sunderland junction of Rt.4 and Rt.262

Maps: North Beach Quad, DeLorme 38

Route: From 495 Washington DC Beltway take Rt. 4 East for 30 miles, at intersection of Rt. 4 and Rt. 2 and take Route 2 North for about 4 miles, then a left onto Skinners Turn Rd (Westbound). Travel west approximately 1 mile to intersection with unknown road. HighPoint is along road.

Points of Interest Nearby -

County Tourism: 800-331-9771
Patuxent River Park

Historical/Cultural Areas -

All Saints Church: MD 2 at MD 4
Battle Creek Swamp Sanctuary 410-535-5327
Lower Marlboro: MD 262 off MD 4
Calvert Cliffs State Park 301-872-5688
Old Jail Museum (1858): Leonardtown

Camping: Cedarville State Forest, 130 sites, 10201 Bee Oak Rd., Brandywine, MD, 20613, 301-888-1622

Historical Notes: Permanent settlement took place in 1650 when Robert Brooke arrived and "Commander" of a new county. It was founded in 1654 named after Cecil Calvert, second Lord Baltimore. It is Maryland's smallest county with an area of 213 square miles on a peninsula 35 miles long whose average width is nine miles. The county's most notable feature is the Bay shoreline, in particular Calvert Cliffs. Fossil collectors have been attracted to the area since 1824, although it was well known for 100 years previously.

Description of HighPoint: The HighPoint is along the Skinners Road.

*1 This county's HighPoint can not, at present, be determined with certainty. It is very flat with little relief and many of the USGS Quad maps date from the 1940's which rely to some extent on planetable surveys. Contenders for HighPoint status include: THIS spot elevation which is 1 of 36 areas 180' to 199' on North Beach Quad, 10 areas 180-199' on Prince Frederick Quad, 9 areas 180-199' on Lower Marlboro Quad, 1 area 180-199' on Benedict Quad.