Prince George's County
Southern Maryland Recreational Complex
Cedarville State Forest
10201 Bee Oak Road
Brandywine, MD 20613
Contact: 301-888-1410 or 301-888-2165
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Using Google for Directions to the Forest Visitors are advised not to follow directions to Cedarville State Forest using Google Maps since it will take you to the south end of the park where there is no entrance. (despite our numerous correspondences to google to change it). However, if you use google maps, type in Dent Road and Bee Oak Road as the destination to get correct directions to the park entrance.
Cedarville State Forest - Trail Closure: A section of Blue Trail is closed at the 0.25 - 0.5 mile level due to an unsafe bridge. All park visitors are advised to follow directions to other trails.
The Piscataway Indian Tribe made this section of Southern Maryland its winter camping ground because of the mild climate and abundance of game. Legend says there is an Indian burial ground in Cedarville State Forest, but to date it has not been found. The headwaters of the Zekiah Swamp are located in Cedarville. The swamp extends Southward through Charles County for 20 miles, emptying into the Wicomico River. The Swamp is one mile wide, and serves as a haven for wildlife. The surrounding land is mostly agricultural fields. In colonial times and thereafter efforts were made to drain the swamp for cultivation. Drainage ditches are still evident. To this day, the swamp remains wooded bottom land.
In 1930, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest, Park and Wildlife Service purchased 2,631 acres of land for a forest demonstration area. Later, 879 more acres were added to bring the total to 3,510 acres. Cedarville was the postal address for the area, hence the name given to the State Forest. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, under the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, developed roads and trails for fire protection and future access for the development of the area.