Chapel Point is located in southern Charles County approximately 5 miles south of La Plata.

For information on Chapel Point State Park contact:
Smallwood State Park
2750 Sweden Point Road,
Marbury, MD 20658 ​



Driving Directions:

​From the Route 6 and Route 301 intersection, take Route 301 south to Chapel Point Road. Follow Chapel Point Road in a westerly direction for approximately 2.3 miles to the park entrance.

Hours of Operation:

​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.

Pet Policy:

​Pets are allowed in Chapel Point State Park.

Hunting Policy:

  • General hunting permitted in 550 acre designated hunting area with daily sign-in required
  • Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters
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Chapel Point State Park

Chapel Point State Park is located on the beautiful Port Chapel Point State Park lakeTobacco River, a tributary of the Potomac River. Chapel Point is an undeveloped multi-use park that boasts a waterfront that offers excellent fishing.

Proposed Management Partnership at Chapel Point State Park

The Maryland Park Service and the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism have been working together to develop a strategic management partnership plan for a portion of Chapel Point State Park. The purpose of the plan is to identify an area within the park and establish management goals for this area to be accomplished through a partnership between the Maryland Park Service and Charles County using a lease agreement. The lease agreement will enable the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism to work cooperatively with DNR to dedicate resources to support the daily operations and management of the leased area, develop a master plan for the area, and implement various DNR-approved improvements to the area.

The primary objective of the proposed lease arrangement is to improve resource management and visitor services by facilitating maintenance and enhanced use of access roads, parking areas, and waterfront recreation areas. The plan, a map of the park, and a map of the proposed lease area are available for download below.


Fishing - A Maryland Bay Sport Tidal License is required. Watch your tides before visiting this area. At high tide there is almost no beach. This area has a small sand launch area that is suitable for the launch of small john-boats, canoes and kayaks, and personal watercraft.

Check tides here

Hunting - is permitted in the 600 acre state park. The area provides suitable habitat for quail, squirrels, doves, rabbits, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and waterfowl. Game hunting is permitted during the seasons established by the Wildlife Division. Chapel Point has a small handicap hunting area. There are three established hunter parking areas. Sign-in boxes are located in each of those areas. A maximum of 45 hunters is permitted at any given time.

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

Camping - Chapel Point has a paddle-in campsite available by permit only. This is a primitive site and is only accessible by water. Call 301-743-7613 for permits. Site is available seasonally. Please reserve this site at least two weeks in advance to ensure time for permit processing.

Trail Map

A new map of the trails at Chapel Point State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.


Nearby Points of Interest

  • Historic St. Ignatius Church, founded in 1641, is one of the oldest Catholic Parishes in continuous service in the United States. The church is located adjacent to State Park Property.
  • Historic Port Tobacco Court House is located off of Chapel Point Road near the intersection of Route 6 and Chapel Point Road. In 1685 a naval port of entry for the Crown, the town remained a major port through the end of the Revolutionary War. Catslide House, Courthouse (1819) and museum are open for tours. Call 301-934-4313 for information.
  • Friendship House is located on the LaPlata campus of the College of Southern Maryland. This reconstructed colonial home is reminiscent of the life and architecture of Maryland's early settlers. Call 301-259-4279 for information.


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us
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