Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Rd.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Comprised of more than 6,000 acres of natural area parklands along the eastern boundary of Prince George’s County. Features boat ramps, fishing piers, and hiker/biker, horseback trails. Camping, canoe and kayak rentals, nature hikes, river ecology boat tours, and natural history programs.
US National Park Service
6565 Greenbelt Rd.
Greenbelt, MD 20770
This 1,078-acre woodland park site is administered by the National Park Service. The park includes nature trails, picnic facilities and special park and nature programs. Open daily.
Piscataway Park/National Colonial Farm
3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 20607
Piscataway Park is at the heart of the Piscataway world. With its ample natural resources, this land has been home to Native American people for more than 400 generations. Today it remains the cherished homeland of the Piscataway people of Southern Maryland. The Piscataway people are alive and well. Like other modern Americans, many Piscataways have moved to far-flung places, but the heaviest concentration is still in Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, particularly in La Plata and Brandywine. The Piscataway community has been growing in size since the nineteenth century. It is tied together by a common culture, by neighborhood connections in Southern Maryland, through lines of kinship extending to all Piscataway people, and by several tribal organizations. This 200 acre National Park is located in Accokeek, MD, on the shore of the Potomac River directly across from Mount Vernon. Our land serves as an outdoor classroom for educational programs, research, agricultural and conservation projects. The National Colonial Farm, an outdoor living history museum, was established by the Accokeek Foundation in 1958. The farm depicts life for an ordinary tobacco planting family in Prince George’s County in the 1770s. Historic sites like George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, represent what many believe life was like in the colonial period. However, large plantations were far from the norm. Very few colonists enjoyed such luxury. The majority were poorer planters, tenant farmers, indentured servants, and slaves. Skilled interpreters lead tours of the National Colonial Farm, highlighting the colonial structures, fields, gardens and animals. The park is free and open to the public year around. Activities include: picnic area, fishing, nature trails, kayaks, boat dock.
Oxon Cove Park / Oxon Hill Farm
US National Park Service
6411 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
The diverse history of Maryland and our national heritage can be experienced at Oxon Cove Park. Through hands on activities, living history programs, and more, you can experience farm life and how it’s changed overtime. Explore how the park evolved from a plantation home during the War of 1812, to a hospital farm, to the park you can visit today. Take a step back into time when life seemed more simple. Explore Oxon Hill Farm, the main feature of Oxon Cove Park, and its outbuildings, join in on the typical farm day activities, learn about the dairy cow and other farm animals, or take a wagon ride through the natural areas of the park.
Natural Park Areas
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
4601 Annapolis Rd.
Bladensburg, MD 20710
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, formerly known as Bladensburg Marina, is a park along the Anacostia River, nestled among the Port Towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor and Cottage City. The park features canoe, kayak, paddleboat, and bicycle/tricycle rentals, a public boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic pavilion, playground, a B & O Railroad caboose, community boathouse (storage facility) and historical displays. Interpretive pontoon river boat tours allow visitors to explore this surprisingly scenic river with the guidance of a naturalist. Canoeing and kayaking lessons are offered, as well as guided hikes and bikes rides, among many other interesting natural and historical programs. Special events include the annual Port Towns Day, Arts at the Waterfront concert series, various cultural festivals, and river clean-ups events. The hiker/biker bridge links this park directly to the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, and connects to Washington, D.C. via the new Anacostia River Trail.
13200 Mid Atlantic Blvd.
Laurel, MD 20708
Did you know the official State Dinosaur was first discovered in Prince George’s County? The 20-ton Astrodon Johnstoni lived between 130 million and 95 million years ago. Teeth from the Astrodon Johnstoni were first discovered in Prince George’s County in 1858. The recently opened Dinosaur Park has been the site of numerous fossil finds representing millions of years of Prince George’s County history from the Cretaceous Period (144-65 million years ago), when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, to the early Iron Industry of Maryland (spanning the 1650s to the 1920s). Featuring interpretive signs, evocative plantings, walkways, and public parking, the Dinosaur Park is open to the public on the first and third Saturdays of each month, from 12-4 pm. School and group programs by appointment. Schedule may expand and additional programs to be announced. Call for details.
8200 55th Ave.
Berwyn Heights, MD 20740
Highlighted by a 38-acre lake, the park includes an aquatic garden, good fishing areas, and miles of hiker/biker trails. Accessible from the Paint Branch Trail section of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System. Vehicles not permitted on park grounds.
Cosca Regional Park
11000 Thrift Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735
Located in southern Prince George’s County, Cosca Regional Park is more than 690 acres in size. Some areas within the park have been developed for recreational use, but much of the park remains in its natural, undeveloped state. Clearwater Nature Center, a staffed facility which offers a variety of interpretive programs, exhibits, and special events, is located in the park. Cosca Regional Park also includes picnic areas and shelters, a picnic pavilion, a tram train, four lighted outdoor tennis courts, two unlighted outdoor tennis courts, a lake for boating and fishing, a boathouse, playgrounds, an equestrian trail network, a nature trail network, 25 campsites, comfort stations, two lighted softball fields, one unlighted softball field, two lighted baseball fields, and the Cosca Tennis Bubble, with four lighted tennis courts.
Fairland Regional Park
13820 Old Gunpowder Rd.
Laurel, MD 20707
Fairland Regional Park includes more than 150 acres of parkland in Prince George’s County. The park is developed with many different facilities to serve the varied recreational interests of county residents and visitors. Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex (including a gymnastics center, racquetball courts, a weight training center, the Fairland Tennis Bubble, outdoor tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and a 50-meter indoor swimming pool), and The Gardens Ice House (a year-round, indoor skating facility). The park also includes four lighted softball fields.
Walker Mill Regional Park
8840 Walker Mill Rd.
District Heights, MD 20747
Walker Mill Regional Park includes more than 470 acres of land, a portion of which has been developed for recreational uses. Facilities accessible from the entrance road off Walker Mill Road include the 100-space lighted parking area, a lighted baseball field, two lighted softball fields, a lighted soccer/football field, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, play equipment, a picnic area, an open shelter, a comfort station, and a trail. There is also an outdoor art sculpture on-site. The southwestern portion of the park, accessible from Berry Lane, includes a half basketball court, play equipment areas, an open shelter, a picnic area, and a pathway. Much of Walker Mill Regional Park remains undeveloped and provides open space and woodland for the community.
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Dr.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Covering more than 850 acres, Watkins Regional Park features the Chesapeake Carousel, Old Maryland Farm, miniature train, miniature golf course, lighted softball fields, practice softball field, lighted football/soccer field, outdoor basketball courts, lighted indoor tennis courts, Watkins Tennis Bubble, campsites, picnic areas with shelters, playgrounds, comfort stations, a paved, 1-7-mile circuitous hiker/biker trail, as well as miles of trail through deciduous forest.
Cedarville State Forest
10201 Bee Oak Rd.
Brandywine, MD 20613
Forest area features more than 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Cedarville Pond, located and the end of Cedar Forest Road, offers freshwater fishing. Of particular interest is the bog at the headwaters of Zekaih Swamp where several rare and endangered plant species can be found. Group and youth camping, bath house available Apr-Oct, primitive camping Nov-Mar. Open daily sunrise to sunset. The Cedarville Fish Hatchery Visitor Center (301-888-2107).
Rosaryville State Park
8714 Rosaryville Rd.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Rosaryville is a 982 acre day-use park and the location of the historic Mount Airy Mansion. Miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrians are available for day use. To gain access to Rosaryville State Park, make a right turn into the entrance just south of Osborne Road while traveling south on U.S. 301. Two pavilions, each accommodating 200 guests, are available for rent. A bathroom is a short distance from the pavilion area. A $100 security deposit is required for all pavilion rentals. For pavilion reservations at Rosaryville State Park please call 301-856-9656. Call for schedule and programs.
Additional information regarding Prince George’s County parks and recreation, contact:
Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)
Prince George’s Department of Parks & Recreation
6600 Kenilworth Ave.
Natural & Historical Resources Division, 301-627-2270
Park Rangers, 301-627-7755
Public Affairs Office, 301-699-2407
www.pgparks.com / www.mncppc.com
M-NCPPC provides information on nature programs, parks, and recreation in the Prince George’s County area.
Hoofbeats Through History: The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail
Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
Southern Maryland Horsetrails
The region’s exciting new heritage trail is a network of destinations highlighting the important role horses played in this area’s culture and heritage. The project encompasses sites where the cavalry camped during the Civil War, stops along an early stage coach route and a path of the Pony Express, plus plantations and manor houses dating back to Colonial days, when horses pulled carriages and plowed fields. Several sites exemplify Southern Maryland’s role in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and others showcase Maryland’s state sport (jousting) and the long tradition of the fox chase.
WB & A Trail
Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Recreational Trail
The Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail runs along the site of the former Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad. From 1908 through 1935, state-of-the-art electric commuter trains ran along this route through Bowie and Glenn Dale, carrying passengers between Washington, DC, and Baltimore. The 5.6-mile trail from Route 450 in Glenn Dale, running northeasterly to the Patuxent River.