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Parks and Recreation

Charles County has 21,000 acres of parkland and many miles of shoreline. It has some of the most scenic biking trails in Maryland, providing a wide variety of outdoor activities, recreational facilities and nature programs. You will find nature trails, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, hunting, wetlands and wildlife. Charles County is also the third most forested in the state of Maryland and is home to a large population of Bald Eagles.

Charles County Parks:

Chapel Point State Park – including boat launch on the Port Tobacco River.
Port Tobacco, Maryland

Cedarville State Forest – provides trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Waldorf, Maryland

Chicamuxen Watchable Wildlife Center - includes a 30 acre facility and wetlands. Indian Head, Maryland

Doncaster Forest - provides hiking and horseback riding on 1,445 acres.
La Plata, Maryland

Friendship Farm Park - provides wildlife and wetlands on the Nanjemoy Creek.
La Plata, Maryland

Gilbert Run Park - provides hiking and nature trails including a  fresh water lake.
La Plata, Maryland

Laurel Springs Regional Park - provides playgrounds, trails and 16 athletic fields. La Plata, Maryland

Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area - provides fishing, hiking and hunting. La Plata, Maryland

Naturally Historic Loop – scenic bike route starts at Port Tobacco Courthouse.
Port Tobacco

Oak Ridge Park - provides equestrian trails, show rings and special events. Hughesville, Maryland

Purse State Park - provides wetlands and wooded areas for fossil huntersIndian Head, Maryland

Smallwood State Park - includes the restored home of Gen. William Smallwood. Marbury, Maryland

R. Stethem Memorial Sports Complex – includes 10 athletic fields.
Bryans Road, Maryland

Southern Park – includes playground and a fishing pier on the Potomac River.
Issue, Maryland

Thomas Stone Historic Site – includes plantation house, hiking and birding trails.
Port Tobacco, Maryland

White Plains Park – includes a golf course and White Plains Dog Park.

Zekiah Swamp – flows 20 miles from Cedarville Nature Center to Wiciomico River.


This Charles County website page is for Recreation, Parks, Outdoors, Lakes, Nature, Preserves, Fishing, Boating, Beaches, Swimming, Amusement, Family, Kids, Children, Wildlife, Refuges, Visitors, Weekends, Hiking, Bike Paths, Landmarks, Tourists, Guides and Regional Parks that are local and rated best in St. Charles, La Plata, Indian Head, Waldorf, Port Tobacco Village, White Plains, Potomac Heights, Bryans Road, Bel Alton, Benedict, Bryantown, Dentsville, Doncaster, Faulkner, Ironsides, Mattawoman, Patuxent, Pisgah, Pomfret, Popes Creek, Potomac Heights, Redhill, Ripley, Rison, Riverside, Rock Point, Rogers Mill, Shiloh, Springhill, Warington Hills, Wellington Beach, White Plains, Wicomico and Beantown.

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