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Best Parks and Scenic Running Paths in Baltimore

Take advantage of Baltimore's vast green spaces to get outside and stretch your legs.

One of the best ways to enjoy Baltimore is by foot—whether running on one of our scenic waterfront paths, or enjoying the more than 4,000 acres of parkland in the city. During your stay in Charm City, check out these popular parks for scenic and challenging workouts. Or if you just want to take a leisurely stroll, that works too.

If you want a view of the waterfront

Canton Waterfront Park

Sitting directly on the Baltimore Harbor, Canton Waterfront Park is an eight-acre space to have a picnic, practice meditation or take a few quick laps. It’s also home to popular events like WTMD First Thursday concerts and the Baltimore Seafood Festival.

Fort McHenry

Perched on a peninsula in Locust Point, the .9 mile paved winding walkway around historic Fort McHenry offers spectacular views of the Harbor.

Inner Harbor Promenade

Winding around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from Locust Point to historic Fell’s Point is an almost 7-mile paved promenade. It’s the perfect place to take in scenic views of the waterfront and the charming neighborhoods that surround it, whether out for a casual stroll or a run.

Rash Field

If you’re staying downtown, Rash Field is an ideal spot for an express workout. Bonus: there are sand volleyball courts available for a quick game. And coming later this year, Rash Field is adding a skatepark, nature park and a playground with wooden climbing towers.

Federal Hill Park

With show-stopping views of the Inner Harbor, the multi-level Federal Hill is the perfect challenge for sprints. Bring the kids who are sure to enjoy the playground at the very top.

 

View of the city from the top of Federal Hill Park.

Federal Hill Park has the best view of Baltimore’s skyline.

If you want more than just a park

Carroll Park

Just west of Pigtown and Camden Yards, 117-acre Carroll Park offers a welcome stretch of green just right for a run, or take advantage of the baseball fields, basketball courts, skate park or 9-hole golf course. Carroll Park is also the site of the historic Mount Clare Museum House.

Druid Hill Park

The popular mile-long loop at the base of Druid Hill Park wraps around the drinking water reservoir, and offers sweeping views of the city below. The park is also home to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens.

Wyman Park Dell

Hidden between the Remington and Charles Village neighborhoods, this scenic, 16-acre wooded hollow offers paved walkways and grassy expanses just right for warm-ups and cool-downs.

Patterson Park

This historic park on Baltimore’s east side offers a variety of picturesque pathways to knock out a couple of miles. Be sure to pass by the historic and ornate Patterson Park Pagoda, or enjoy one of Patterson Park’s many amenities: tennis courts, a swimming pool, an indoor ice skating rink, playgrounds and a dog park.

 

The ornate Patterson Park Pagoda located in Patterson Park in Highlandtown.

The ornate Patterson Park Pagoda located in Patterson Park in Highlandtown.

If you want to see some nature

Jones Falls Trail

This ten-mile hiking and biking trail follows its namesake Jones Falls waterway, which winds through the woods, past Cylburn Arboretum and Druid Hill Park and down to the Inner Harbor.

Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park

Composed of 1200 acres of woods, streams and trails, Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park is one of the largest urban woodland areas in the country. It’s also home to the Carrie Murray Nature Center where you can learn about native species and their habitats.

Loch Raven Reservoir

For those who don’t mind traveling a little farther to the north, Loch Raven Reservoir, which provides the drinking water for Baltimore City, offers miles of woodsy trails for running, hiking and spotting wildlife. On most weekends throughout the year, a stretch of road through the watershed is closed to vehicle traffic and open to pedestrians. Check the website for updated schedules.

 

Loch Raven Reservoir

Loch Raven Reservoir

If you have kids

West Shore Park

Try a refreshing romp on the splash pad at the Walter Sondheim Fountain followed by a picnic in the shade. Situated between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitor Center, the water is on from May through September from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends.

Pierce’s Park

Located near the Pier 5 Hotel, Pierce’s Park is much more than a playground. It’s an imaginative space of discovery, where children can interact with locally created sculptures intended for climbing, a living willow tunnel and even a musical fence.