- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 2, 2003

Location: The Cedarville Fish Hatchery Visitor Center is in Cedarville State Forest and Park in Cedarville, Md., about 25 miles southeast of the District.

Directions: From the Beltway, take Route 5 (Branch Avenue) south toward Waldorf. Continue through Camp Springs and Clinton. Several miles after Route 301 and Route 5 merge, turn left on Cedarville Road. Drive 2.5 miles and turn right onto Bee Oak Road. Enter the park and continue past the park office. Turn right onto Hidden Spring Road and follow it to the visitors center.

Hours: The center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The hatchery is not open to the public.

Admission and parking: Admission is free, and parking is free and plentiful. There is a small fee to use park amenities.

Note: The 3,510-acre Cedarville State Forest and Park offers picnicking areas; hiking, biking and equestrian trails; fishing and hunting; family campgrounds; and a newly installed playground. According to staff members, an average session at the visitors center takes about 45 minutes and often is planned in conjunction with enjoying other aspects of the park. Although visits are self-guided, biologists are available to answer questions.

Information: Call 301/888-2423. The Department of Natural Resources' Web site is www.dnr.state.md.us.

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