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Charles County, Maryland

Cedarville State Forest

Cedarville 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. 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.

In 1930, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest, Park and Wildlife Service purchased 2,631 acres of land for a forest demonstration area.  Family camping is available from April to October.  Registration is available on site (first come, first served) by calling 1-888-432-2267 or online at http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us.  Contact the Park Office for specific dates.  Enjoy 19.5 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.  Equestrian camping is also available.  Pets are permitted in the camping and day-use areas.  Contact the Park Office for specific dates.  Enjoy 19.5 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.  Equestrian camping is also available.  Pets are permitted in the camping and day-use areas.

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.  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.
Hunters may enter/remain on park property outside of the regular posted hours provided that they are engaged in legitimate, authorized hunting activity.

Days/Hours of Operation:
Sunrise to Sunset (7 days a week - April through October)

Cost:  Honor system, chargeable at all times.
$3/vehicle; $5/vehicle out-of-state residents
$10 per small bus
$20 per school/charter bus

Address: 
10201 Bee Oak Road
Brandywine, MD 20613-7900
Phone: 
(301) 888-1410