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Purse State Park

Route 224 on Riverside Rd, Indian Head, Maryland 20658 USA

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Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Tue 7a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“discover fossils over 60 million years old”

Purse State Park is located on the Potomac River on Wades Bay. Purse is a wooded undeveloped area that is used for hunting, bird watching, fishing and fossil hunting. Purse is available for public use year round, sunrise to sunset. Check out a map of the area. Parking is located off of Maryland Route 224 across from a 3/4 mile trail leading to the waterfront. Purse is a part of the Aquia Formation which formed in the Paleocene Epoch about 60 million years ago when a gigantic meteor hit the earth. This area was covered with warm shallow water which made it a suitable habitat for sand tiger sharks, mackerel sharks, Turritella (snails) and Eagle Rays more specifically Cownose Rays which all lived during this time period.

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Reviewed by
tripmc

  • 2 Reviews
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December 03, 2021
Rated 4.0

This is a great place for kayaking, fossil hunting, and especially combing for shark teeth - it’s one of the best places to find them! There is about a half mile path from the parking lot to the beach with a steep climb down to the shore. Be careful if you are hauling beach equipment. There are no public restrooms. Check the tide schedule before visiting - the shoreline quickly disappears in high tide.

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Rina

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June 05, 2016

Here's a link to low tide times. http://www.weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?forecast=tides&place=purse%20state%20park&state=md&zipcode=

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Purse State Park

Route 224 on Riverside Rd
Indian Head, Maryland
20658 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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