Those who are looking for a longer waterside run along Chesapeake Bay in the Annapolis area will be frustrated. The area’s setting is attractive, but the geography consists of a series of small coves jutting into the bay and the mouth of the Severn River. For those who’d like to get a glimpse of the water while on a run, here are the best bets in the area. Note that some of the connector roads, such as Bay Ridge Rd. and Arundel on the Bay Rd. are busy and lack a decent sidewalk/shoulder.
Naval Academy Campus. When conditions permit, this is a great 3-4 mile run around the campus’ waterside setting, and over the Fitch bridge to Bluff Point. ROUTE MAP
Annapolis Cove. Located 4 miles east of downtown, this is an attractive residential neighborhood with 1.6 miles of waterside running combining River Dr. and Bay Rd.
Arundel on the Bay & Thomas Point. Just south of Annapolis Cove (but not easily connected by roads), this is another pleasant neighborhood by the bay. Take Narragansett Ave. to Magnolia Ave. and loop back through the neighborhood. You could combine this with Thomas Point. From Thomoas Point Rd., use Hidden River Rd., then Thomas Point Rd. to Thomas Point Park. Overall, a route of ~7.5 miles. ROUTE MAP