Smallwood State Park

State Park

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Smallwood Road
Marbury, MD 20658
301-743-7613

GPS: 38.554, -77.181

Last Price Paid: $27
Number of Sites: 15
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 14 ft

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jenventola

24 Jayco Yosemite
20 reviews
Nightly rate: $27
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 9
“Small and quiet, but not as nice as most other MD State Parks”

Reviewed Aug 23, 2018

Overall Rating

Site Details: We stayed in site #9. The site was large, almost perfectly level, and wooded. It was also right next to the bath house, which was great for the kids. There were several paved walking paths leading to the bath house, so no one cut through our site to get to it. Site was equipped with a fire ring, grill grate, lantern post, and nice long picnic table. There was a nearby shed with firewood for $5/crate, sold on the honor system. However, there were lots of downed trees around, so we never had to buy any firewood. Sites were all very wooded and spread out; nice amount of trees and separation between each site. We were near the “top” of the oval loop, so also had close access to the foot trail through the forest, as well as the footbridge over the creek, leading to the marina.

Facilities/Overall Park: Bath house was old, and quite buggy, but reasonably clean. No dish washing sink, which was a bummer for me. Showers looked ok, and the stalls were quite large, but we didn’t use them this trip. Marina at the day-use area was very nice, and seemed to be one of the main focuses of the park. Several docks for strolling and fishing, and saw quite a few boat slips available as well. The store at the marina sold souvenirs, camping and fishing essentials, snacks and ice cream. Staff was very friendly. There is also a discovery/nature center and art center in the day use area, both of which we really enjoyed. There is a nice, brand new playground, and a pavilion which looked pretty basic and old. The day use area seems to see the most action (and maintenance) in the park, by far.

There is a separate historic area in the park, which contains Gen. Smallwood’s mansion, and a few other historic buildings. According to the website, these are only open a few days out of each month during the summer, and for an open-house type event around Christmastime. There is another pavilion in this area, as well as a recycled tire playground. The playground is about 15 years old, and you can tell it was really nice at one point, but has been somewhat neglected over the past few years. In pretty sore need of paint and mowing.

Surrounding Area/Attractions: Pretty much nothing to do in the immediate area, but not too far of a drive to DC, and a few other national/historical sites (Ft. Washington, Piscataway Park, etc).

Overall, we thought this was a nice, quiet park, and enjoyed the fishing and woodsy setting. This is definitely one of the smaller, less popular MD State parks, and that shows in the lack of maintenance and updating of some facilities. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a place to just hang out, camp and fish, and don’t need any bells or whistles, this could be a good option.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


11 reviews
Nightly rate: $21
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 7
“Not a whole lot happening unless you're a boater”

Reviewed Oct 08, 2017

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Spent just one night before the Columbus Day weekend expecting it to be a quiet time but was not to be. At around 11PM I was surprised to hear the sound of an engine revving at high RPMs. I figured it was an RV coming in late and trying to park but it lasted for around a half hour and so - then I thought maybe it was a boat on the nearby creek. In any case, way too noisy especially that time of night. And then while eating breakfast around 8AM, I hear this noise and look outside to see the ranger going around in a little 4x4 utility vehicle that sounded in need of a muffler. Lastly, not a good choice if hiking is in your plans. The one trail that goes around the campground is only a couple of miles long and there are a couple of places where it crossed wide open spaces with no signs indicating the path.

Sites seem fairly level. The bathroom was clean though it lacked hand soap. The staff was not unfriendly but not exactly friendly either. So, given this park is out of the way, I have no plans on returning.

My $21 rate for a site with 30AMP service includes a senior discount.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • showers
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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