Smallwood State Park Campground

Marbury, Maryland

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Smallwood State Park is a relatively small park, at 630 acres. However, it looms large in its year-round status as Maryland’s premier host for bass-fishing tournaments. Record fish are frequently pulled from the Potomac at Smallwood State Park. Even if you’re not interested in a tournament, the fishing here is sublime, and pervasive. You can fish for bass, carp, catfish, hardhead, and perch; a Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License is required. Hiking trails are minimal—the entire trail system is barely 2 miles. Along with its history and fishing, another Smallwood attraction is its proximity to Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.
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by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Smallwood State Park is a relatively small park, at 630 acres. However, it looms large in its year-round status as Maryland’s premier host for bass-fishing tournaments. Record fish are frequently pulled from the Potomac at Smallwood State Park. Even if you’re not interested in a tournament, the fishing here is sublime, and pervasive.

You can fish for bass, carp, catfish, hardhead, and perch; a Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License is required. Hiking trails are minimal—the entire trail system is barely 2 miles. Along with its history and fishing, another Smallwood attraction is its proximity to Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Marbury
Campsites: 21
Season: Late March–late October
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Birding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: 301-743-7613 dnr2.maryland.gov
Fees per Night: $27.49
Facilities: Bathhouse, boat launch and rental, dumping station, concessions, marina, picnic shelters, playground
Driving Directions: Directions to Smallwood State Park Campground

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