Cedarville State Forest
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Introduction

Be among more birds than people at Maryland's scenic Cedarville State Forest for your next motorhome camping trip. Explore the area's 3,510-acre woodland park nestled in Prince George's County, right outside Brandywine and a short drive from Washington, D.C. Open from sunrise to sunset, this state park offers hiking on trails like the Holly Trail Orange Blazes, Heritage Trail Blue Blazes, Plantation Trail Brown Blazes, and Swamp Trail Green Blazes, among many others. Fish for your next meal of Bluegill and Catfish along the banks at Cedarville State Forest pond. The former winter home of the Piscataway Indian Tribe, it's rumored that Cedarville State Forest is home to an Indian Burial ground. You'll find the one-mile wide Zekiah Swamp, a unique aspect to this state forest that serves as a home for many varieties of wildlife for you to view. Make plans to camp for a night of campfire, songs, and s'mores in your RV at Cedarville Family Campground Area. A primitive campground, there is a renovated bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets. The well-maintained area with 27 camping spots, this state forest is one that you will highly recommend for a quick getaway or as the perfect picnic spot with friends. Make plans now to travel in your campervan to the peace and quiet of Cedarville State Forest today.

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Transportation in Cedarville State Forest

Driving

C’mon to Cedarville State Forest! This place is your go-to camping adventure if heading from the Washington, D.C. area. Located near Brandywine Crossing and Clinton, Maryland, the state forest is around an hour drive from D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland, and an hour and a half drive from Baltimore, MD. A great place to get up and close with nature, you’ll be glad you came to Cedarville State Forest for your next RV camping adventure. No matter where you travel from, you find that Cedarville State Forest is close enough to the city but far enough to feel very far away from civilization and see Mother Nature at her very best.

Parking

Arrive at Cedarville State Forest and make plans to visit the Forest office and pick up a park map. This state forest is pretty quiet during the week but is a popular family attraction during the weekend, so plan your trip accordingly. You’ll want to connect with the friendly rangers as they can answer any questions you have during your stay. Plan to pack your leveling blocks - you may need them during your visit. After you have set up your RV camping site, sit back and take in the calm, relaxing atmosphere at your home away from home.

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Campgrounds and parking in Cedarville State Forest

Campsites in Cedarville State Forest

Reservations camping

Cedarville Family Campground Area

An excellent place for all outdoor enthusiasts, this cozy and quiet campground is like camping among an enchanted forest, with great scenic views at the 27 campsites. This camping area offers semi-level spacious sites making for an excellent RV trip. Open from April through October for advance reservations, this Cedarville Family Campground Area offers a recently renovated bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets in the center of the special events camping loop.

Each campsite provides a pad, post for a clothesline, a picnic table, and firepit. Electric hookups are available, but water and sewer connections are not. There is a water-fill station that is located next to the dump station at the entrance of the campground. In this area, you will find that without many distractions you can relax, read, explore, and sing songs around the campfire while you make memories for years to come. This campground is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring Fido along on your camping trip. You’ll be glad that you selected Cedarville Family Campground Area to serve as your “home base” during your visit to this great state park.

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Seasonal activities in Cedarville State Forest

In-Season

Exploring Cedarville State Forest Trails

Take some needed you-time and get out in nature on Cedarville State Forest’s 19.5 miles of trails. Labeled by the color, (Holly Trail Orange Blazes, Heritage Trail Blue Blazes, Plantation Trail Brown Blazes, and Swamp Trail Green Blazes) the trails wind through the vast pines and farm areas of this state forest. Travel by foot, bike, or horse as the trails are accessible to everyone. Pack your best hiking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat in your camping trailer as the hiking options are endless at Cedarville State Forest.

Hunting

You’ll find that nothing represents the spirit of the United States like that of the pastime of hunting. Come and explore the designated hunting area of Cedarville State Forest as you camp in your motorhome from a half hour before sunrise to one-half hour past sunset. You will need to stop by the Forest office to pick up a trail map that outlines the specific hunting area. Don’t start this favorite pastime without making sure that you have the proper licenses and seasons correct, and you can do so by checking the Maryland Hunter’s Guide.

Fishing at Cedarville State Forest Pond

Come and take a break from your daily hustle to the calm, peaceful moments at the four-acre Cedarville State Forest Pond. Enjoying America’s favorite pastime, and bring your best rod and bait to enjoy a little fishing during your RV camping trip. Stocked with a variety of fish including Sunfish, Bass, Bluegill, and Catfish, you’ll have a great time casting your rod from the pond's bank. To fish at Cedarville State Forest, you will need to have a Maryland Non-Tidal fishing license for anyone over the age of 16 years old.

Off-Season

Picnicking

Cedarville State Forest offers many fantastic locations for you to take a break from fishing or hiking the trails to enjoy an outdoor picnic. Nestled along Cedar Forest Road, you will find picnic tables and grills available for visitors to use during their RV camping stay. Relax as you take in the tranquil scenery of the forest. All tables are first-come, first-served, but if you are hosting a larger group like a birthday party or a reunion, there are two picnic shelters, with fireplaces, grills, picnic tables and electricity, to reserve in advance.

Wildlife Watching

Make sure that your hiking boots are packed in your rig during your next camping trip. With the fantastic trails to explore, you will want to bring your camera to capture sightings of deer, foxes, and even a coyote or two. An amazing spot to view wildlife unique to the Maryland area, Cedarville State Forest will not disappoint as you comb through the woods, wildflowers, travel over streams and connect with nature among the gorgeous pine trees.

Stargazing among the Pines

Relax under the majestic, starry Maryland night sky after having a memorable day at Cedarville State Forest. Enjoy the break from technology as you grab your telescope and a blanket to step outside your camper on a bright, crisp night. Hours away from major cities, this park is secluded enough to provide a great place to see the best light show that Mother Nature has to offer. Be in awe during this peaceful experience!

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