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Smallwood State Park - Marbury, MD
Smallwood State Park
Smallwood State Park, along a tributary of the Potomac River, offers a unique mix of historical significance and modern-day boating conveniences. The 628-acre park is named after General William Smallwood, a Revolutionary War officer who was the fourth governor of Maryland. His plantation house, called Smallwood's Retreat, has been restored and is open to visitors. The house reflects Smallwood's lifestyle as a 18th century gentleman planter.

The park also offers a marina, boat-launching ramps, a picnic/camping area, and nature trails. Located on the Mattawoman Creek, the marina provides excellent access to fishing on the Potomac River, which is just a mile away. Smallwood also hosts craft demonstrations, military exhibitions, and other special events throughout the year.

Hours: Smallwood State Park is open year-round. From April to October, the park’s hours are 5:00am to sunset. From November to March, the hours are 8:00am to sunset.

Smallwood's Retreat House is open on Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, April 29 to October 7. Arrange a tour with at least two weeks’ notice.

Fees: The park collects a $2 per-person fee on weekends and holidays from April to October. Access to the Plantation House is free.

Use of campsites and picnic pavilions at Smallwood State Park is billed at the following nightly rates:

  • Campsite with electric, $25/night

  • Camper cabins: 1 room $45/night, 2 room $50/night

  • 50-person shelter, $25/day
  • 75-person shelter, $75/day
  • 100-person shelter, $100/day
  • 77-person Marine Services Building, $154/day

There is a boat ramp service charge of $5 in effect year-round. Fees for slip rental are based on the length of the boat and the duration of stay. The park offers monthly, five-month, and annual leases. Monthly rates are available for dry storage.

For more information about Smallwood State Park call (301) 743-7613 or visit the following website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/smallwood.html.

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