Smallwood State Park RV & Campground Guide


Located along the Potomac River, Smallwood State Park showcases unique historic preservation and provides a modern-day outdoor experience. The 628-acre park was named after a Revolutionary War officer, General William Smallwood. The once-plantation house has been restored and is now open to visitors. The state park also offers a camping area, nature trails, boat launching ramps, and a marina. What's more, the park hosts military exhibitions, craft demonstrations, and many other special events. Nearby cities include Marbury, MD and Woodbridge, VA.

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Spring 45-66 F
Summer 69-88 F
Fall 48-68 F
Winter 27-44 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Smallwood State Park

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Smallwood State Park

Smallwood State Park has 15 RV-friendly campsites. Each site has fire rings, picnic tables, electric hookups, and lantern posts. Additionally, you'll love the view of the forested area that offers shades and hiking trails. For your convenience, the management has constructed dump stations and restrooms with hot water showers nearby. You can come with your dog too as all the sites in the campground are pet-friendly.

Cedarville Family Campground Area

If you still want to explore more campgrounds around Smallwood, Cedarville is one of the closest options at roughly 40 minutes to the northeast of the park. Outdoor enthusiasts will have the time of their life, exploring this cozy and quiet campground. It offers renovated bathhouses with flush toilets and showers. Visitors get to enjoy electric hookups though sewer and water connections are still not available. The dump station is near the water-fill station at the entrance. Feel free to bring your pets as you relax, read, and explore around the campfire while making memories that will last for years to come.

Pohick Bay Regional Park

Pohick Bay Regional Park is a fun place to stay for the whole family. Your kids will have a lovely time at Pirate Cove's Waterpark, sliding, splashing, and cooling off. The park has electric hookups for RVs. Their camp store has camping supplies such as lighter fluid, charcoal, and firewood. Picnic tables, fire rings, and grills are also available. You can take a warm shower, use clean toilets, and even do your laundry at the bathhouses. Walking through the trails leads you to the waterpark, mini-golf, and waterfront. Full hookup sites are available also.

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What to Do at
Smallwood State Park

Inside Smallwood State Park

History buffs love Smallwood State Park because of all the painstakingly restored historical sites. Outdoor lovers will appreciate the park's location, which offers opportunities to canoe the water trail and relax on a pontoon along the Mattawoman Creek. There are also dozens of pavilions and ranger programs to keep you entertained. Once you’re done setting up your camp, you can put on your hiking boots for an incredible experience at the park's hiking trails.

Outside Smallwood State Park

Apart from hiking and picnicking inside the park, you can also have fun outside the park in exquisite restaurants, shops, and other places of interest. You'll want to try the fresh seafood for sure, and people who love antiquing will not be disappointed with the offerings in the area. Because Virginia is one of the older states in the country, there are also many nearby educational opportunities and historical places of interest.


Tim's Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse

Located just over 4 miles from Smallwood State Park, Tim's Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse is the place to be for seafood and steaks. For over 20 years, it has been serving delicious crabs and American-style entrees. This family restaurant has one of the best blue crabs and a fantastic view of the Potomac River. Whether you want a quick meal, beautiful scenery, or entertainment from a live band, you won't regret heading to Tim's Restaurant and Crabhouse.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 1510 Cherry Hill Rd, Dumfries, VA 22026

Obo's Pizza

Want to grab some pizzas while at Smallwood State Park? Why not check in at Obo's Pizza? Just 3 miles away from the park, this place is one of southern Maryland's best joints. Their homemade recipes and fresh ingredients are unbeatable. Apart from the brick oven pizzas, they also have tasty salads and sandwiches.

Type: Pizzeria

Location: 4215 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head, MD 20640

Grinders Seafood

Grinders Seafood is a must-visit joint for seafood lovers. The staff are friendly and attentive, and you won't want to miss the scallops, which are the stuff of local legend.

Type: Seafood

Location: 4665 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head, MD 20640


Potomac Mills

Potomac Mills features over 200 stores, including popular department stores such as Bloomingdale's. Approximately 50 minutes from Smallwood State Park, these outlets also have amenities like plush seating areas. From home furnishing to apparel for your entire family, expect nothing but the best from Virginia's largest outlet mall.

Location: 2700 Potomac Mills Cir, Woodbridge, VA 22192

The Reclaimed Treasures

Do you love going antique shopping? The Reclaimed Treasures is the place to be. The store is a veteran-owned business with amiable and welcoming owners. You will be astounded by beautiful home décor items and adorable, unique merchandise that you will find here!

Location: 199 Union St, Occoquan, VA 22125

Puzzle Palooza Etc.

Puzzle Palooza Etc. has different varieties of jigsaw puzzles suitable for all interests and ability levels. As a family-owned company, they’ve specialized in providing personalized services. From three-piece wooden puzzles to those of thousands of pieces, you can get one that suits you best.

Location: 305 Mill St, Unit A3-4, Occoquan, VA 22125


Sweden Point Discovery Center

Sweden Point Discovery Center is one of the coolest places to check out while in Smallwood State Park. It's a famous destination for the young at heart. This site is a walking distance and on the marina side of the park. You'll have an opportunity to explore the natural surroundings and learn more about wildlife. The center features displays about animals such as birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. You can also explore their other fun group programs like campfires, hiking, and rotating learning displays.

Location: 2835 Sweden Point Rd, Marbury, MD 20658

Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park is located 11 miles from Smallwood State Park. It has recreational activities that suit everyone, from hiking and birdwatching to relaxing in the backcountry's quiet solitude. After seeing the beautiful sights, trees, and wildlife, you can have a picnic with your family while enjoying the cool breeze blowing from the forest and the sounds of chirping birds.

Location: 18170 Park Entrance Rd, Triangle, VA 22172

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How to Get to
Smallwood State Park

You can access Smallwood State Park easily off MD-210, which is south towards Indian Head. Turn left on Route 225, and drive to Route 224. Turn right when you reach the light at Route 224. Drive for roughly 3 miles towards the entrance of the park.

Entering Smallwood State Park

Smallwood State Park is open from 5 a.m. to sunset from April to October and from 7 a.m. to sunset from November to March.​

Smallwood State Park Per Maryland resident : $3.0

Smallwood State Park Out-of-state resident : $5.0

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