Cedarville State Forest

Brandywine, Maryland 20613

Cedarville State Forest

Cedarville State Forest Professional Guide

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"Cedarville State Forest protects Zekiah Swamp Run ranked Maryland's most ecological diverse stream, notable for its rare and endangered plants. From its source in a moist bog of sphagnum moss, the stream moves sluggishly under a canopy of maples, sweetgum, and river birch. At its source grows the carnivorous roundleaf sundew and the northern pitcher plant."

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Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area (Falcon Guides)
Scott Adams & Martin Fernandez
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"Tight twisty singletrack is what you'll find when you visit Cedarville. There are over 10 miles of singletrack and doubletrack in this 3,500-acre state forest just south of Washington, D.C. Its proximity to the nation's capital and its modest terrain have made Cedarville State Forest a popular cycling destination for riders throughout the region. Unlike neighboring parks to the north, the trails in Cedarville are generally hard-packed dirt with very few rocks. Occasional mud holes may slow you down, but this is otherwise one of the most enjoyable mountain bike destinations in the area. Trail Surface: Flat, dirt trails and dirt roads." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC (Menasha Ridge Press)
Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper
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"The park has 19.5 miles of marked trails that wander through the quiet forests of Prince George’s and Charles Counties, past pine plantations planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The Holly Trail wanders through wooded paths along marshy areas lined with holly, magnolia, and other plants and flowers. The trail is well marked; follow the orange signposts and blazes. The trail is relatively flat, but you should wear appropriate footwear, as it is often muddy. The Holly Trail is the longest in the park. Shorter hiking options are available, with routes that are 2–4 miles. All trails are shared by hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Watch out for horse manure." Read more

Cedarville State Forest Reviews

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Great place for an easy ride. Good for new riders learning skills.Enjoy this park very much
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Easy ride and fairly level. I wasn't impressed with the trail markers. Wish the mile markers were more clearly marked. All in all a nice and easy ride for most.
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A great trail to train on. The length on moderate terrain makes for a very good cardio workout. The climbes won't "wind" most people, but that makes less fun downhills. Overall this is a great trail for everyone especially if you find yourself walking your bike up the climbs at other area rides.
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This is a great place to take people new 2 the sport. It's not very hilly nor 2 tech. A bit muddy even 3 day after a rain. A lot of trails 2 choose from. Park fee $2.00 per car best 2 park at the bottom of main gravel road near the pond.Easy down hill ride 2 get there when finished trailing.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
April through August
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
USGS 7.5 minute series: Brandywine, MD
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Dec 2018