American Chestnut Land Trust
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Canoing on Parkers Creek.

Welcome to ACLT's Parkers Creek PreserveParkers Creek Preserve

ACLT is a nonprofit land conservation organization in Calvert County, Maryland. Originally founded in 1986 to save a small parcel of land containing the state's largest American Chestnut tree, today we have grown to a 3,000 acre preserved area surrounding the beautiful watersheds of Parkers Creek and Governors Run along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Find out how you can explore ACLT lands by foot or canoe and how you can get involved in ACLT's dynamic community of members and volunteers connecting people with the land.

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Next on the Calendar

Walk Along the Bay Membership Event - Sat., Sep 12, 2015

Take a walk along the Bay with a Smithsonian Marine Biologist! This event is open to new members as well as current members who recruit new members. For more information and to sign up, contact

Guided Canoe Trip Membership Event - Sat., Sep 12, 2015

Special guided canoe trip for new members and current members who introduced new members. Launch from Warriors Rest for a beautiful tour of Parkers Creek. 2:00pm - 5:00pm.


Important Notice to Hikers


The Northside Horse Swamp Trail will NOT be closed this Saturday 8/22. All ACLT trails will be open as usual. 

Double Oak Farm

Double Oak FarmACLT is very proud of our volunteer run Double Oak Farm, located by our North Side Trailhead in Prince Frederick, Maryland. We are pleased to announce that beginning this season, almost all produce harvested will be donated to local Calvert County food pantries. With an acre of organic vegetables, fruits, and more, we anticipate that we will provide enough produce for 40 families per week.


We also hope to teach everyone to grow their own healthy food! Our "Outdoor Classroom" is ready for visitors! Stop by on Sundays for a tour and learn how easy it is (no, really!) to grow your own food!


Join us for our Second Sunday Farmer's Markets in June, July and August. All proceeds will go to benefit the mission of the farm.




The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is a local land trust located in Calvert County, Maryland, an hour's drive from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. We invite you to explore ACLT's self-guided hiking trails on your own, join one of our guided canoe trips, or attend one of the activities included in our Calendar of Events to experience our beautiful 3,000-acre preserved area for yourself. We also invite you to get involved in protecting the most pristine watershed on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay by volunteering and becoming a member of the land trust!


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North Side Trail Head/

Double Oak Farm:

Off of Dares Beach Rd

Google Maps is incorrect

676 Double Oak Rd

Prince Frederick, MD 20678


South Side Trail Head:

On Scientists Cliff Rd.

across from

2420 Aspen Rd.

Port Republic MD, 20676













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