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Located just north of Waldorf, MD and less than an hour away from Rockville, MD, Rosaryville State Park covers the area of 982 acres in southern Maryland. This picturesque park will mesmerize you with gorgeous landscapes and a quiet atmosphere. It is mostly visited by hikers, mountain bikers, and birdwatchers who traverse the woods regardless of the time of the year.
Rosaryville State Park has a fascinating history. The majority of the state park’s land was privately owned for centuries. The owners resided in the Mount Airy Mansion that still stands within Rosaryville State Park. Peter and Esther D. Duvall decided to gift their property to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 1976. Rosaryville State Park was established the same year. Outdoorsy people who are eager to explore Maryland and its stunning nature should search for an RV in Prince George's County and take a short drive to Rosaryville State Park.
The rolling hills and dense woods of Rosaryville State Park are perfect for hikers who want a leisurely walk through picturesque nature. The trails loop around the state park and they are not difficult at all. Novice hikers shouldn't have any problems conquering the terrain. Just remember to pack a pair of hiking boots into your RV rental, and you may have an unforgettable adventure here. Mountain bikers are a common sight at Rosaryville State Park, especially in the inner loop.
Wide meadows are great for picnicking. Several areas are reserved for picnickers who come here on long sunny days to enjoy the foliage and wildflowers. Some picnickers venture into the nearby woods to go birdwatching. Visitors who are motorhome camping in the area could also go to the Mount Airy Mansion and see this impressive house up close. Unfortunately, it is not open for tours. Campers can enjoy the impeccable architecture of this building from the outside.
Rosaryville State Park doesn’t have a campground, but campers could still find a place nearby that may accommodate long vehicles. For instance, the Cedarville State Forest campground is just a short drive away. Outdoorsy people who go camping here will have access to basic amenities and more. The campground has 30 gravel sites that are spacious and comfortable. Most of them are in the shade, with stunning views of the landscape.
Campers frequent this campground in summer, but it is generally quiet and uncrowded during the rest of the year. Basic amenities such as hot showers, restrooms, and picnic areas are available. Campers may use electric hookups, choosing between 15, 20, and 30-amp. Your pets may accompany you for this adventure since animals are welcome at this campground. Of course, there are some rules, such as keeping a close eye on your dog or cat and making sure they are not bothering other campers. Reservations are not necessary, but it is recommended that you contact the campground in advance.
The small community of Waldorf is a great place to spend an afternoon while camping at Rosaryville State Park. Surrounded by rolling hills and farmland, Waldorf is a lovely place that is not often visited by tourists. However, the city has several fascinating landmarks that could be fun for you and your camping buddies. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House is one of them. A farmhouse that became famous after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It was one of John Wilkes Booth’s stops during his escape after he assassinated the 16th President of the United States. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd treated his injuries here. The house is now a museum, with original furniture and artifacts from the 19th century.
Are you interested in science? If the answer is yes, then find some time to explore the James E. Richmond Science Center. Visitors could learn a lot about the world that surrounds them through many interactive exhibits at Discovery Lab. Additionally, you may see traveling shows that change every month. Perhaps the most popular event in the Science Center is Our Sky Tonight. It is a semi-monthly planetarium that takes a look at the night sky. Stars, planets, and constellations are explained in full detail, and that could be incredibly fun for visitors of all ages.
Waldorf has a lovely downtown area, with a couple of restaurants where Rosaryville State Park campers may sit down and eat delicious food. Homecooked meals are a favorite among locals, but you may find a couple of international restaurants here as well.
Once you feel ready to continue your trip through Maryland, make a stop at a gas station just to make sure you have a full tank of gas. You might find them near major roads that lead in and out of Waldorf. Then drive down Route 301 and I-97 to Baltimore, the largest city in the state known for its cultural diversity, engaging museums, and art galleries.