Douglas Point Special Recreation Management Area

Sunset behind a tree with exposed roots on a beach

The Douglas Point Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) in Charles County, Maryland, offers fantastic opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fossil collecting, and relaxing along the shore. Located near fast-paced Washington, D.C., it is one of the last remaining undeveloped tracts along the Potomac River. Douglas Point encompasses 548 acres of hardwood forest and marshes, picnic area overlook, river shoreline, an accessible historical walk, and hunting blinds.  

ABOUT

Douglas Point lies in a lightly populated area of southern Maryland in western Charles County. The remaining portions of this once agricultural and rural peninsula county are experiencing rapid growth due to expanding economic opportunities created by increased military and contractor presence and urban sprawl. 

On December 21, 2001, BLM and the State of Maryland jointly acquired approximately 1,270 acres of land known as Douglas Point, lying on the east side of the Potomac River. Douglas Point is part of the Nanjemoy Natural Resource Management Area (NRMA) which is jointly managed by the BLM and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). This area, one of the last remaining undeveloped tracts along the Potomac River, offers outstanding potential for recreation, wildlife habitat, and cultural resources. The management of this property offers a unique opportunity for federal, state, and local agencies to work together in a seamless effort with the public to both protect the quality resources in this area and to allow compatible passive recreational use of these public lands.

The Douglas Point tract contains magnificent hardwood forests, historic houses, and an overlook of the Potomac River. Douglas Point is one of the most ecologically and culturally significant landscapes in the state of Maryland. The area’s outstanding natural attributes are equally matched by its archeological resources and history, including early American Indian sites, remnants from the Civil War, ruins of the colonial-era Chiles Homesite, as well as dozens of World War I-era sunken ships, which now lie in Mallows Bay. 

HOURS

The hours of operation for the Douglas Point trails and natural areas are from dawn to dusk daily.

WHERE TO PARK (DIRECTIONS AND ACCESS)

Douglas Point has two parking lots - North and South Trailhead. The two parking lots are about 1 mile apart and are connected by the Cal Posey Trail. There are no restrooms on site.


South Trailhead/Chiles Homesite: 9699 Riverside Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662


North Trailhead: 9275 Riverside Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662


From Interstate Highway 95/495 in Maryland: Take Exit 3 for Hwy 210 South to Hwy 225, connecting with Hwy 224. Take 224 for about 14 miles. You should see signs for Nanjemoy and the Purse State Park. The parking lot is on the right side.

From US-301 N: Turn left onto MD-6 (Port Tabacco Rd). Take MD-6 for about 15 miles. Turn right onto Greenleek Hill Rd and in .2 miles keep right to continue on Greenleek Hill/ Jacksontown Rd for 2.3 miles. At the end of the road take a right onto Liverpool Point Rd and at the stop sign (400 feet ahead) take a left on MD-224 S. The parking lot will be on the right in 1 mile. 

 

LOCATION/CONTACT

Address: 9699 Riverside Road
Nanjemoy, MD 20662


Telephone: 703-339-8009


Email: blm_es_meadowood@blm.gov

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