Doncaster Demonstration Forest

​​Horseback riding in Doncaster Demonstration ForestContact: 301-934-2543

Charles County


5 North Maple Ave.
La Plata, MD 20646

Office Hours: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Doncaster State Forest (DSF) consists of over 1,450 acres of forestland. Approximately 48% of the forest at Doncaster is comprised of hardwood species; specifically oak, yellow polar, beech and maple. Pine stands occupy 38% of the forest at Doncaster, dominated primarily with plantations of loblolly pine and scattered pockets of native Virginia pine. Mixed oak/pine stands dominated with white oak and Virginia pine complete the forest composition occupying 15% of the species composition.

Doncaster is one of four Demonstration Forests in the state (one in each geographic regions) established to educate Maryland citizens by demonstrating sound forest management practices to help assist landowners in the decision making process in managing their own woodland. The forest is located in Nanjemoy, MD on the north and south sides of Port Tobacco Road, east of Gilroy Road. This property is a trash free state forest. (Leave No Trace​).