Chapman State Park
Chapman State Park is part of a 2254 acre site that was purchased in 1998 by the State of Maryland to save this treasure from commercial and residential development. It includes lush, rich nature, beauty, serenity and historical lands on both sides of route 210 (Indian Head Highway) on the shores of the Potomac River in western Charles County. It encompasses miles of trails winding through woods, along marsh lands as well as -- at low tides -- over two miles of beach on the Potomac shoreline. It offers an unusual array of coastal plain habitats including unbroken forests highlighted by numerous seasonal wildflowers. Home to a diverse array of trees and plants, it harbors some rare, threatened and endangered species and state champion trees. It has been designated an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society for its populations of forest interior dwelling species, including many on the Maryland watch list. Frequent sightings of eagles and osprey can be enjoyed throughout the Park. In addition to the many birds that nest and fly at the Park, the Park is home to rare snails, fossils, sharks teeth, reptiles, amphibians, and many mammals. You can download the Survey of Rare Natural Heritage Resources Along Three Trails at Chapman State Park, Charles County, Maryland which was conducted by R.H. Simmons in 2009.