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Charles County, Maryland

Chapman State Park

Chapman State Park

Preserved in 1998 by the State of Maryland's Program Open Space (POS), Chapman State Park stretches from the Potomac River to Mattawoman Creek, in western Charles County.  The park is a dramatic reminder of the great woodlands that once cradled the Potomac tidewater region.

Visitors to Chapman State Park enjoy a journey through time, to Southern Maryland's pastoral heritage, finding mature forests, rare plants, and bald eagles frequenting the skies above.  Park visitors also discover the Mt. Aventine Mansion: the historic home of the prominent Chapman family, who were closely tied to the families of our Founding Fathers George Washington and George Mason.  As one stands in front of the Chapmans' grand estate, looking down the Potomac River and Virginia shoreline, enjoying one of the most striking view sheds in the region, our colonial history inspires the imagination.

Bring the whole family, and enjoy the many amenities offered by Chapman State Park, including birding, and hiking.  Fishing is permitted from the shore.  Species include largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish, white and yellow perch, carp and hardhead.  A Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License is required.  Hunting is permitted in designated areas of Chapman State Park.  For specific information refer to the Maryland DNR – Guide to Hunting and Trapping or call (301) 743-5161 for current seasons.  Hunters may enter and remain on park property outside of the regular posted hours provided that they are engaged in legitimate, authorized hunting activity.  Pets are permitted in the state park.

Days/Hours of Operation:  Sunrise to Sunset (April through October)

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3452 Ferry Place Road
Indian Head, MD 20640
(301) 743-7613