Parks and Trails

Spa Creek Nature Trail
Truxtun Park Boat Launch
Waterworks Pavilion
Annapolis area residents can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the grace of nature at its many community parks and trails. With more than 30 parks and on more than 200 acres of park land, Annapolis is dedicated to the leisure interests of its residents. The parks and trails have a positive influence of the quality of life in Annapolis. To learn more about how you can become a friend of the Annapolis City parks, please review our Friends of Parks brochure.

Please refer to the one page listing City of Annapolis Parks and Trails. Learn about the Art in Public Places Commission for the City of Annapolis.

Community Wildlife Habitat Program in Annapolis
- Working Each Day to Enhance the Bay - an initiative through the National Wildlife Federation. Learn how you can become a part of this program by e-mailing Marisa Wittlinger.

Stormwater Education Experience - Annapolis Recreation and Parks provides visitors with unique outdoor experiences and hands-on learning opportunities at the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek. Partially funded by the Maryland Department of the Environment, the hands-on Stormwater Education Experience (SEE) is a working stormwater control exhibit with interactive learning stations that demonstrate stormwater management stewardship behaviors. Click here for the SEE brochure!

General Park and Trail Information - As summer begins in the City of Annapolis, we invite you to get outside in the great weather for outdoor activities! Temperatures are starting to get warmer and the days are getting longer as we head towards summer. Please follow these reminders about using the public resources in your City neighborhood:

• Park hours are sunrise to sunset.
• Pets that are leashed are welcome in the parks, but please clean up after your pet
• Alcohol is not permitted on park property
• Do not litter in the parks -- help keep our parks clean for everyone’s enjoyment.
If you have any maintenance questions or concerns, please report them to the Parks Maintenance Division at 410.263.7993. When leaving a message, please be sure to state the park location and a brief description of the situation.

Picnic Pavilions are available for Rental
Truxtun Park has three (3) picnic pavilions available for rent year round. Groups of 10 or more must obtain a permit in advance. The maximum size group the pavilions will accommodate is 50 people. Pavilions are rented on a first come, first serve basis. For the safety and enjoyment for all park users, moon bounces nor amplified music are not permitted. Parks/pavilions close at sunset, therefore groups must vacate before that time. The cost to rent a picnic pavilion is $75 per day for City of Annapolis residents and $125 per day for non-residents (effective July 1, 2013). To reserve a pavilion, contact the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department PMRC (273 Hilltop Lane) or call 410.263.7958. Payment is required into order to hold your reservation.

Truxtun Park Boat Ramp Truxtun Park boat launch
The Truxtun Park boat ramp is open year round from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. Two, concrete ramps are available. There is a $5 fee per launch payable via Visa/MasterCard or annual pass only. No cash is accepted at the park. Fees apply all days of the year to any vessel launched from the ramps. No commercial use of ramp or beach area is permitted without written authorization.  There is an ADA accessible parking spot adjacent to the boat ramps and an ADA walkway connecting a floating “L” shaped dock for boarding boats, canoes or kayaks. Annual passes are only sold in person at PMRC. Passes are valid during the City’s fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th).  Daytime parking for vehicles/trailers and restroom facilities are available at the park.

Annapolis Community Boating

Annapolis Recreation and Parks is pleased to partner with Annapolis Community Boating to offer community boating programs at Back Creek Nature Park. For program information, please check out ACB's Web site at For a membership application, please click here.

Annapolis Community Boating begins their membership boating programs mid-May. Members can enjoy going for a sail on Monday evenings and taking a canoe out for a paddle on Back Creek on Wednesday. Whether you come out on a Monday evening to sail or a Wednesday evening to paddle there will be staff available to offer help and instructions. Please come between 5:30-6 p.m. for your boat assignment.

Monday evenings,
 meet at Annapolis Sailing School:  7001 Bembe Beach Road, Annapolis, 21403

Wednesday evenings, meet at the Back Creek Nature Park Boating Center:  7314 Edgewood Road, Annapolis 21403