Category Archives: Parks

Mattingly Park Ramp

105 Mattingly Avenue, Indian Head, 20640
Phone: 240-375-4061
www.townofindianhead.org

This ramp, with pier, is located along deep water in Mattawoman Creek. The boat ramp is maintained by the Town of Indian Head and is part of Mattingly Park. The ramp can best be described as adequate and is most often frequented by bass boaters and small boat owners. There is a ramp fee honor box at the rampside. Parking is available for approximately 15 vehicles. Follow Indian Head Highway (Route 210 South) to the end of the road, about 18 miles from the Washington Beltway. Turn left onto Mattingly Ave to the ramp.

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Marshall Hall Boat Ramp

1005 Marshall Hall Road, Bryans Road, 20616
Phone: 301-932-3470
www.charlescountyparks.com

The Marshall Hall Ramp is a double-wide concrete ramp with pier located on the main stem of the Potomac River just west of the town of Bryans Road.  No launch fee with ample parking available.  Indian Head Highway (Route 210) in Bryans Road. West to the dead end at the ramp.

Hatton Creek Ramp

Hatton Creek Launch
13135 Hatton Creek Road, Newburg, 20664
Phone: 301-932-3470
www.charlescountyparks.com

This is a no-fee, single–ramp, shallow water (not recommended for boats larger than 17′) access to the Wicomino River, a tributary of the Potomac River.  It’s a great area for rockfish, spot, white perch, croaker and crabs, and and an ideal kayak launch.  The parking area accommodates 12 vehicles and trailers.  This is a Charles County Park facility with no launch fee.  From Route 301, travel east on Route 257; in Issue make a left onto Hatton Creek Road. Follow to the end.

Gilbert Run Park

Playground at Gilbertt Run Park

13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Phone: 301-932-1083 • 301-932-3470
www.charlescountyparks.com

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Open seasonally.  Within this scenic wooded parkland are hiking and nature trails, picnic areas (grills and tables), picnic pavilions, playground areas, fishing piers, and a boat ramp (electric motors only, please).  The main attraction is a 60 acre fresh water lake which affords fishing, pedal boating, rowboating and canoeing.  Fishermen are able to catch bass, bluegill, trout and catfish.  Fishing supplies, fishing licenses and concessions are available.  Gilbert Run Park is located 8 miles east of La Plata on Route 6.

Friendship Landing

4705 Friendship Landing Rd, Nanjemoy, 20662
Phone: 301-932-3470>www.charlescountyparks.com
 

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Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway

Tucked about midway on the Nanjemoy Creek, four miles from the main stem of the Potomac River, this ramp is ideal for power boaters seeking a sheltered launch site. It offers easy access to the river or the great fishing in a wonderful tidal creek where bass, white perch, yellow perch, and catfish abound. For the kayaker, canoeist or small boater this creek offers miles of scenic marshes which abound with wildlife. The winding creek has many high banks offering protection from strong winds and nesting sites for Bald Eagles. The ramp is adjacent to deep water and has a pier to aid in boarding. No launch fee, and the ramp and dock are also designed as a free fishing zone. No fishing license is required by shoreline and pier anglers. The paved parking area accommodates 14 vehicles and trailers, including handicap access. Because of the limited facilities, fishing tournaments of any kind are prohibited at this ramp. This is a trash free park, take out what you bring. Route 6 West from La Plata to Ironside. Turn left onto Route 425, to a left onto Friendship Landing Road. The road ends at the ramp.

Chapel Point State Park

Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco, 20677
Phone: 301-743-7613
www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/chapelpoint.html

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This little out of the way ramp has a very scenic setting and is ideal for car toppers, canoes or kayaks– no trailered boats allowed. Located on the beautiful and historic Port Tobacco River, the ramp is simply a low spot in the shoreline with a sand and gravel launch. No launch fee, parking is limited, gravel road to ramp. Route 301 to La Plata, take Route 6 West (Port Tobacco Road) left yield onto Chapel Point Road. Follow Chapel Point Road to park entrance on right (gravel road) and follow signs to the ramp.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco, MD 20677
Phone: 301-392-1776 • www.nps.gov/thst

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This site features Haberdeventure, the NPS-operated home of five generations of the Stone family, including Thomas Stone, one of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence.  The site includes a visitor center and family cemetery.

Wetlands Overlook Park

4020 11th Street, North Beach
Phone: 410-357-9618 • 301-855-6681

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The new Wetlands Overlook Park is a small nature park that will serve as an attraction for those interested in observing the wildlife inhabitants of the wetlands and the migratory fowl which rest there during the flights up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. The park includes a pier and two gazebos for visitors to sit and relax while viewing and photographing the wildlife and wetlands. The area has public restrooms and vending machine refreshments. This park was made possible by funding from the Town of North Beach and Program Open Space (Parks and Playground Grant).

Featured Image: Wetlands Overlook Park North Beach - Credit Clark Vandergrift, OTD