Self-Guided Opportunities
 
Off Road Biking
Location Cedarville State Forest
10201 Bee Oak Road
Brandywine, MD 20613
301-888-1410 or 1-800-784-5380
Prince George's County
Start/End Trails begin at various parking areas.
Trail Access Holly Trail (orange trail) - The entrance parking lot.
Heritage Trail (blue trail) - Forest Road parking area (right turn off Bee Oak Road).
Plantation Trail (brown trail) - The pond parking lot.
Swamp Trail (green trail) - The pond parking lot.
Distance Holly Trail (orange) - 5 miles
Heritage Trail (blue trail) - 3.5 miles
Plantation Trail (brown trail) - 2.5 miles
Swamp Trail (green trail) - 2 miles
Time Varies with trail(s) selected.
Trail All off road trails are shared by bikers, hikers and equestrians. Sections of some trails follow paved park roads.
Skill Level Easy to moderate depending on skill and weather. Few rocks or steep hills make these trails excellent for novices as well as experienced riders.
Suitable For Families? Yes, taking into account the ages and experience of the children.
Hazards/Restrictions The ruts that can occur on dirt roads/trails.
Potable Water Potable water is available at pavillions, camping area and restrooms.
Natural Features Cedarville State Forest is home to several unique features in nature. The Cedarville bog is considered the headwaters of the largest fresh-water bog in Maryland, the Zekiah Swamp. This bog supports a wide variety of plants including several unique only to Cedarville Bog. Two of the more unique species are the carnivorous plants, the roundleaf sundew and the northern pitcher plant. Cedarville State Forest is also home to over 50 species of trees and has become a haven for wildlife and birds.
Historic/Cultural Features The state began purchasing the land that would one day become Cedarville State Forest during the 1930's. It wasn't until Franklin Roosevelt's CCC efforts to develop this land did the beginnings of the park see fruition. The 1950's saw a new activity on these lands - the production of charcoal. Up to 3,600 pounds of charcoal was produced each week. This charcoal was then in turn used to heat many other state parks' buildings throughout Maryland. One of these charcoal kilns is still standing and may be seen on the Heritage Trail.
Bike Rentals/Service Available in Waldorf.
Camping Camping is available at Cedarville State Forest.
Other Points of Interest The pond is stocked with bluegill, catfish, sunfish and bass. It is open for bank fishing only Maryland non-tidal license required. Other activities available include: fishing, picnicking, pavilions, hunting, hiking, horseback riding.
Other Accommodations There are several hotels/motels in Waldorf.
Fees or Permits A $3/car service charge, payable by honor system.
Description These are off-road rides on forest roads and wooded trails through Prince George's and Charles counties' quiet forests. Each trail has its own flavor. The orange trail wanders through damp and marshy areas lined with holly, magnolia and assorted marsh plants and flowers. The blue trail is hilly with several streams and springs. The brown trail is pretty level and dry. It circles through a pine plantation and around the 4-acre stocked fishing pond. The green trail starts by the 4-acre pond and then loops through the forest and headwaters of the Zekiah Swamp. This is a suitable riding area for both novices and experts.


Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Tire repair kit or tube
  • Bike pump
  • Helmet
  • Be aware of your skill level and make safety your constant companion
  • Have fun, be safe and come back often
  • Bring sunscreen and insect repellent