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.
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.
Perched on a peninsula in Locust Point, the .9 mile paved winding walkway around historic Fort McHenry offers spectacular views of the Harbor. The grounds surrounding the fort are free to explore, but you’ll want to go in to learn more about the its history and enjoy the museum.
If you’re staying downtown, Rash Field is an ideal spot for an express workout. There are sand volleyball courts available for a quick game, plus a skatepark, nature park and a playground with wooden climbing towers.
If you want more than just a park
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.
This historic park bordering Highlandtown, an artsy neighborhood 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 Observatory, or enjoy one of Patterson Park‘s many amenities: tennis courts, a swimming pool, an indoor ice skating rink, playgrounds and a dog park.
If you want to see some nature
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.
Tucked along the Jones Falls waterway, this 200-acre urban oasis boasts a variety of plantlife and terrains for nature lovers to explore. Unlike other area parks, Cylburn is devoid of courts and recreational facilities, making it the perfect place to peacefully connect with your surroundings. Explore the three miles of woodland trails, wander through the gardens or beat the heat inside the historic Cylburn mansion.
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.
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.