Cedarville State Forest

Cedarville State Forest

The Piscataway Indian people made this section of Southern Maryland its winter camping ground because of the mild climate and abundance of game.

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. Later 879 more acres were added to bring the total to 3,510 acres. Cedarville was the postal address for the area, hence the name given to the State Forest. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, under the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, developed roads and trails for fire protection and future access for the development of the area. 

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Hours

Sunrise to Sunset.

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours. 

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Honor system, chargeable at all times:

  • $3/vehicle; $5/vehicle out-of-state residents
  • $10 per small bus
  • $20 per school/charter bus

Activities

Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Hunting

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Facilities

  • Trails
  • Campsites
    • Bathhouse
  • Four Acre Pond
  • Picnic Tables and grills

Accessibility

Cedarville State Forest offers an accessible day use shelter and day use comfort stations.

Pets

Pets on leash are allowed in Cedarville State Forest in the campground and day-use area.

History

In 1930, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest, Park and Wildlife Service purchased 2,631 acres of land for a forest demonstration area. Later 879 more acres were added to bring the total to 3,510 acres. Cedarville was the postal address for the area, hence the name given to the State Forest. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, under the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, developed roads and trails for fire protection and future access for the development of the area.

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Last updated: November 18, 2019
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