Explore the PHT
Smallwood State Park
This 628-acre park was the homestead of William Smallwood, fourth governor of Maryland and the highest ranking Marylander to serve in the Revolutionary War. During his Governorship, Smallwood was responsible for the arrangement with Virginia which gave Maryland property rights to the Potomac River — an 'ownership' that continues to charge the river's waters (politically, legally, and environmentally) to the present day. Smallwood's restored 18th century Retreat House and 19th century tobacco barn are open to public tours on Sundays May through September. Camping and cabins, some with views of Mattawoman Creek, are available by reservation. Canoes can be rented Wednesdays through Sundays, May—September. There are two miles of hiking trails and a children's playground.
Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area
Along Route 225, this 834 acre multiple-use area, modestly tucked away 7 miles west of La Plata, makes an ideal spot for bird-watching and nature photography. Call 301-743-5161 for hiking, hunting, and fishing information.
A non-profit dedicated to the practice and teaching of land stewardship and sustainable land practices, the Accokeek Foundation is host to three significant areas. Together, they explore the interrelation between food, land use, and environmental protection in a historical context, providing opportunities to make comparisons among cultural values of the past, present, and future.
Piscataway Park, administered by the National Park Service, was established in 1961 as a pilot project in the use of easements to the viewshed of Mount Vernon. Today, Piscataway Park covers approximately 5,000 acres, and stretches for 6 miles from Piscataway Creek to Marshall Hall on the Potomac River. A place of great natural beauty, Piscataway Park is home to bald eagles, beavers, deer, fox, osprey and many other species. To complement the surroundings, the park has, in addition to a public fishing pier and two boardwalks over fresh water tidal wetlands, a variety of nature trails, meadows, and woodland areas, each with unique features.
National Colonial Farm
With period buildings and interpretive tours, this farm provides visitors with an in-depth representation of tobacco life in 1775. Be sure to visit the native tree arboretum. Prescheduled tours are available.
Home to a Community Supported Agriculture program, Ecosystem Farm uses the newest in sustainable agriculture technology to demonstrate that producing good, quality food can be done in harmony with nature.