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Annapolis, MD

Our Guide to Running in the Annapolis Area. See Also Our Guides for Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The capital of Maryland, Annapolis is attractively situated on Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River. It’s considered part of the Baltimore-Washington area, located 25 miles south of Baltimore and 30 miles east of Washington, D.C. The famous U.S. Naval Academy is located square in the middle of the city, with an ethos contributing to an active scene for running in Annapolis.

No run in Annapolis would be complete without checking out the campus of the Naval Academy, with its waterfront setting, fields, and pristine landscaping. It can also be part of a larger ‘runseeing’ tour of Annapolis. One slight frustration about running in Annapolis is that there isn’t a long, seamless run along Chesapeake Bay, but there are a few nice waterfront sections. For parks, the two best bets are the more significant Quiet Waters Park, and the smaller Broadneck Park, which has some nice paths. Another one of the best places to run in Annapolis is Kinder Farm Park, a farm turned country park. The best bet for a longer off-road run is the B&A Trail, which runs for up to 13.3 miles toward Baltimore. Another favorite spot is Greenbury Point, which has nice trails overlooking 4 miles of trails at this conservation overlooking Whitehall Bay.

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Quiet Waters Park

Annapolis, MD

340-acre park is the largest park in Annapolis and the best for a run. We recommend creating your own run on the 6 miles of trails, combining woods, open spaces, shoreline. The park features art pavilions, a small lake, and formal gardens.
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Baltimore and Annapolis (B&A) Trail

Annapolis, MD

The B&A Trail is 13.3-mile paved mutli-use path stretching from Glen Burnie, near BWI, south to Annapolis. It's one of the the best spots in the area for a long off-road run. It's mainly wooded, and quite flat. There are half-mile markers along the way. Choose a section!
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Greenbury Point Conservation Area

Annapolis, MD

Nice running on the trails at this conservation center at the mouth of the Severn River overlooking Whitehall Bay. There's a 2.3 mile peninsula loop on wide gravel paths featuring good water views. Combine with the nature trails for a 4-miler.
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Annapolis Bayside Running Options

Annapolis, MD

The geography of the area makes it hard to put together a longer waterside run in Chesapeake Bay, but there are a few really nice spots. Naval Academy Campus, Annapolis Cove, and combining Arundel on the Bay with Thomas Point are good bets.
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Kinder Farm Park

Annapolis, MD

This 288-acre farm turned country park is a great spot for a destination run. There's a 2.8 mile paved perimeter trail and several miles of natural trails, combination of fields and woods. Can also connect to the B&A Trail, 0.5 miles east. Video preview!
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Washington is a good city for running year-round. The biggest issue is the height of summer, where temps average near 90F (32C) during the day and stay in the 70s at night. It’s humid. Running from mid-June through mid-December can be a challenge. Autumn is gorgeous and holds on well into November. Winters are cool but rarely frigid, with temps dipping below freezing at night. It snows a few times a year and the roads/pathways can get icy. Spring is known for the famous cherry blossoms, which peak in the first two weeks of April.

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There are two clusters of accommodations in Annapolis. There are plenty of hotels downtown, which is where we recommend staying for proximity to some of our favorite runs in Annapolis. There are also hotels sprinkled along Highway 450, with a cluster around the Highway 50/450 intersection.