Welcome to Cedarville State Forest
Located at the headwaters of Maryland's largest freshwaters swamp, the Zekiah, Cedarville State Forest invites exploration and adventure of diverse natural, recreation and historic features. This park offers a beautiful woodland setting with freshwater fishing and more than 19 miles of trails enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Family and youth group camping are popular activities at this park. pavilion. Over 50 species of trees thrive in a managed forest, demonstrating an array of forestry practices.
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, but to date is has not been located. 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 there after efforts were made to drain the swamp for cultivation. Drainage ditches are still evident. To this day, the swamp remains wooded bottom land.