Smallwood State Park
Marbury, MD
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Brief Description: 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.

Location / Directions: From the Washington DC Beltway and other points north: Take Route 210 South. Continue south on Route 210, then turn left onto Route 225. Continue 1.6 miles to the next traffic light, and turn right onto Route 224 (Chicamuxen Road). Continue 3.9 miles until you see the sign for Smallwood State Park on your right.

From Route 301 south: Continue to Route 225 (Hawthorn Road), and turn right. Continue for 9.9 miles on Route 225, then turn left onto Route 224. Continue 3.9 miles until you see the sign for Smallwood State Park on your right.

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Address: Smallwood State Park
2750 Sweden Point Road
Marbury, MD 20658
Visitor Phone: (301) 743-7613
Activities: Smallwood’s 2.5 miles of hiking trails meander through the hardwood forest, passing many natural and historical points of interest.

Anglers can go fishing from the shore or several stationary piers located at Sweden Point Marina. You’ll find large- and small-mouth bass, catfish, white and yellow perch, striped bass (rockfish), carp, and hardhead. (Note: You must have a Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License.) Smallwood even hosts bass fishing tournaments throughout the year.

The marina contains 50 boat slips, as well as launch ramps and concessions. The park also rents motorboats, rowboats, and canoes. (See the Facilities section below for more details on the marina’s services.)

The park provides picnic tables and grills at the concession area and throughout the various historic areas. You also can reserve any of three pavilions. There also are 16 family campsites with electric hook-ups, and four camper cabins overlook the Mattawoman Creek. (Each cabin sleeps four and has heat and air conditioning. A picnic table, lantern post, and fire ring are provided on each site.) Bathhouses with hot showers are centrally located. Smallwood offers two youth group camping sites that accommodate about 30 people each.

Smallwood State Park does not allow pets.

Boat Access Camping Fishing Hiking Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating 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.

Visitor Facilities: The 50-slip marina accommodates boats up to 36 feet in length. It includes a bathhouse and laundry facilities, as well as electric and non-potable water hook-ups. There’s also a dock-side fresh water fill station and pump-out station. The area around the marina is dredged to a depth of 6 feet. NOTE: Marina is currently closed for repairs and will reopen in 2004.

A dry storage area for trailerable vessels contains 50 spaces in a secure lighted area. Owners can access their vessels during park day-use hours only.

The park’s Marina Services Building can host parties and meetings. It features a kitchenette/prep area, a large room overlooking the Mattawoman Creek (77-person capacity), an outdoor deck, and restrooms.

Size: 628 acres
Accessibility: Smallwood State Park offers an accessible fishing pier, marina office, campground bathhouses, shelters, and day-use comfort stations.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/smallwood.html

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