Cedarville Loop Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brandywine, MD that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This hike is only 24 miles from D.C. and about a 45 minute drive from Baltimore The headwaters of the Zekiah Swamp are located in Cedarville. The Swamp is one mile wide, and serves as a major haven for wildlife.Cedarville State Forest is home to several unique features in nature. The Cedarville Bog is considered the headwaters of the largest freshwater bog in Maryland, the Zekiah Swamp. Of special interest in this bog are several species of insect-eating plants, including the roundleaf sundew and the northern pitcher plant (better known as the Venus Flytrap. Throughout the SUMMER MONTHS, spy the leaves of these carnivorous plants, which attract insects with their reddish color and entrap them with sticky or bristly hairs.Showy wildflowers also dot the open meadow next to the bog. Look for the pink blooms of Maryland meadow-beauty and milkwort and the purple flowers of Hyssop skullcap. Most of Cedarville is forested with over 50 species of trees, including white and loblolly pine plantations. 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 State Forest, but to date it has not been found. This is a wonderful hike year round but the carnivorous plants, once again, only bloom during the summer months. An easy hike through deep, shady forest along the banks of meandering creeks. On a hot summer day, there is a drowsy, languid feel to the creeks that run through Cedarville State Forest. They are known to rise up and wash out bridges, and if their steeply cut banks are any measure, they have done so often. But there is little babble to these sandy-bottomed brooks. Walking by them through stands of hardwood and meadows of lush ferns, you are more likely to hear a breeze in the trees than a wild torrent. It is a good setting for a tranquil hike. Transition Hike This is a great way to step up your endurance/mileage to strenuous from moderate hiking (due to distance but it is a flat hike for the most part) and work on building some distance while enjoying the middle-of-nowhere feeling you get only from the forest. Cedarville is very remote yet extremely well blazed and marked. It is pretty much flat as well which is unusual for anywhere around here. This would be rated an easy hike other than than the distance, which earns it a very moderate or easy side of strenuous depending on your level of fitness. Trail Surface: Dirt footpaths and old forest roads traverse a heavily wooded area, with short stretches through the watershed of two major streams. Unlike most parts of Maryland there are few rocks and roots (which we call ankle twisters) so you can really take in the view and not have to watch your feet!
I went here with a friend and our two dogs. The trail itself is very nice. Just under 7 miles and fairly well marked. When we went it was after some major rains, but none of the trail was flooded. However, I will not be going back. The amount of horse poop on the trail used by both hikers and bikers was like nothing I've ever seen. Horses are also allowed on the trail. You couldn't enjoy the scenery because your eyes had to constantly be on the trail to avoid the giant mounds of horse poop. The dogs were not as good at avoiding it. To put the cherry on the cake, at the entrance to the trail there is a big sign and poop bags about cleaning up your dogs poop. It's almost comical thinking about how concerned the state park folks are about my dogs tiny poop when there are literally buckets of horse poop every 20ft.
The trails are great but remember to wear bug guard and do tick checks. On the orange trail the wetlands area floods over onto the trail. This trail is great for biking, walking and jogging strollers. 7 miles on the orange trail but there is a blue and white trail I haven't explored yet.
The trails here remind me of being in an enchanted forest. Incredibly breath-taking. I would recommend having a partner for safety - this trail is very under utilized and not very well maintained. But if you are searching for a experience that will take you back a 100 years - this is the place. Flat ground very little inclines