Cedarville State Forest Trails

A section of Blue Trail is closed at the 0.25 - 0.5 mile level due to an unsafe bridge. All patrons are advised to follow directions to other trails.

Cedarville Trail Guide

There are over 19 miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrians at Cedarville State Forest. The trails wind past the loblolly pine plantations planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, a charcoal kiln, and through farm areas where springs and streams were once used to make moonshine.

The park is open for day-use from sunrise - sunset daily. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Park visitors are encouraged to plan ahead, so that they are off trail and out of the park by sunset. For safety, visitors using trails located in designated hunting areas should wear bright orange during the hunting season.

Equestrians share the trails with hikers and mountain bikers. The Maryland Park Service does not rent horses, and only provides the trails as a means of recreation.

Orange Trail- 7 miles

The Orange Trail is our most traversed loop. This trail is a relatively flat, mostly single track with an easy rating. Along this trail you will see semi-mature forest stands and areas dominated by pine trees interspersed with holly, magnolia, marsh plants and flowers. The Orange Trail crosses Hidden Springs, Bee Oak and Forest Roads, making it easy to shorten your hike. It also intersects with White and Blue Trails, so you can alternatively extend your hike if desired. You will find the trailhead for the Orange Trail by the Park Headquarters parking lot.

Trail sign pointing to blue and white trail on a snowy day.

Blue Trail- 4 miles​​

The Blue Trail features short hills and passes by several streams and springs. Additionally, you will pass by abandoned farmland on this easy loop. The Blue Trail intersects Cross Road and Forest Road, so you may easily extend or shorten your hike. You will find the trailhead for the Blue Trail by the charcoal kiln parking lot.

White Trail- 3.5 miles

The White Trail is an easy, loop trail that passes through hardwood forest and pine plantations. It is a popular trail for bird watching. The White Trail follows the Orange and Blue Trails for some time, allowing you to easily extend your hike. You will find the trailhead for the White Trail by the charcoal kiln parking lot.

Brown Trail- 2.5 miles

The Brown Trail is an easy loop as it is generally level and dry. This trail passes an abandoned pine plantation and a four-acre pond. You will find the trailhead for the Brown Trail by the pond parking lot.

Green Trail- 2 miles

The Green Trail passes through the headwaters of the Zekiah Swamp. At times, this easy, loop trail can be wet. You will find the trailhead for the Green Trail by the pond parking lot.