Cedarville State Forest

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Cedarville State Forest

Maryland

(301) 888-1410

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Overview

The Piscataway Indian Tribe made this section of Southern Maryland its winter camping ground because of the mild climate and abundance of game. Legend says there is an Indian Burial ground in Cedarville, but to date is has not been located. The headwaters of the Zekiah Swamp are located in Cedarville. The swamp extends Southward through Charles County for 20 miles, emptying into the Wicomico River. The Swamp is one mile wide, and serves as a haven for wildlife. The surrounding land is mostly agricultural fields. In colonial times and there after efforts were made to drain the swamp for cultivation. Drainage ditches are still evident. To this day, the swamp remains wooded bottom land. This is a Maryland State Forest.

Pets on a leash are allowed in the campground and in the day use area.

Located at the headwaters of Maryland's largest freshwaters swamp, the Zekiah, Cedarville State Forest invites exploration and adventure of diverse natural, recreation and historic features. This park offers a beautiful woodland setting with freshwater fishing and more than 19 miles of trails enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Family and youth group camping are popular activities at this park. pavilion. Over 50 species of trees thrive in a managed forest, demonstrating an array of forestry practices.

Map of Cedarville State Forest (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.639668, -76.819153

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    There are 19.5 miles of marked trails. The trails wind past the loblolly pine plantations planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, by a charcoal kiln, and through farm areas where springs and streams were used to make "moonshine." Trails may be wet at times. For safety, visitors using trails located in designated hunting areas should wear bright orange during the hunting season.

  • Camping

    Camping is available from April to October.

  • Fishing

    A four-acre pond stocked with Bluegill, Catfish, Sunfish and Bass is open for bank fishing only. A Maryland Non-Tidal fishing license is required for persons 16 years and older.

  • Hiking

    There are 19.5 miles of marked trails. The trails wind past the loblolly pine plantations planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, by a charcoal kiln, and through farm areas where springs and streams were used to make "moonshine." Trails may be wet at times. For safety, visitors using trails located in designated hunting areas should wear bright orange during the hunting season.

  • Historic Sites

    Historic sites are located through the State Forest. The Piscataway Indian Tribe made this section of Southern Maryland its winter camping ground because of the mild climate and abundance of game. Legend says there is an Indian Burial ground in Cedarville State Forest, but to date it has not been found.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are 19.5 miles of marked trails. The trails wind past the loblolly pine plantations planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, by a charcoal kiln, and through farm areas where springs and streams were used to make "moonshine." Trails may be wet at times. For safety, visitors using trails located in designated hunting areas should wear bright orange during the hunting season.

  • Hunting

    An area of Cedarville State Forest is designated for hunting. The trail map, available from the Forest Office, outlines the hunting area. The Maryland Hunter's Guide provides information on required licenses and seasons, as well as rules and regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and grills are available along Cedar Forest Road. Two pavilions with fire places are available for large group rentals. Advance reservations are required for the pavilions by calling 1-888-432-2267.

Park Partners

The Friends of Cedarville State Forest

The Friends of Cedarville State Forest (FCSF) in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service help maintain and operate Cedarville State Forest. The Friends of Cedarville is an incorporated, non-profit group, which works with the staff of the Southern Maryland Recreational Complex to maintain and operate Cedarville State Forest.

Directions

Driving

From Annapolis: Follow Route 50 West to Route 301 South. From Route 301 South travel to Cedarville Road (at the very end of Prince George's County). At traffic light, take a left on Cedarville Road. As a landmark there will be a large white warehouse located on the left hand side. Take Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on you right) which will be the main entrance to the forest.

From Prince George's County: Travel Route 301/5 South and take a left on Cedarville Road. Follow directions above from Cedarville Road.

From Waldorf (Charles County): Follow Route 5/301 north into Prince George's County. As soon as you cross into Prince George's County turn right onto Cedarville Road. Follow Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on your right) which is the main entrance for the forest.

From Washington, D.C.: Follow either Branch Avenue (Route 5) or Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4). If using Route 5, follow Route 5 for directions from Prince George's County above. If using Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4), follow Route 301 south from Prince George's County. At the end of Prince George's County and before you enter Charles County, turn left onto Cedarville Road. Follow Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on your right) which is the entrance to the forest.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(301) 888-1410

Campground reservations

(888) 432-2267

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