Nature Areas

Sunset over the Chesapeake Bay from Terrapin Nature Park

Photo by Natasha Hitchcock

Walking trails near the Westin Hotel

Poplar Ave Trail (0.3 mi away, 2.0 mi trail): 1.0 mi out and back walk or run on accessible paved path that follows the old Baltimore Annapolis Rail Line through the existing Poplar Ave linear park. The trail is accessed via a short walk up Taylor Ave past Admiral Cleaners and the Annapolis Police Department.

Naval Academy Stadium Loop Trail (0.4 mi away, 1.25 mi loop trail): A short walk up Taylor Ave from the hotel is the US Naval Academy Stadium with a 1.25 mi accessible paved trail around it and past the county court house. A favorite spot for neighborhood runners, walkers, and bikers, this trail is a few blocks from the Poplar Ave Trail and features wildflower meadows and a Navy fighter jet.

Spa Creek Trail (0.4mi away, 2.6 mi trail): Spa Creek Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail primarily used for walking. The trail is located 8 blocks from the hotel via the connector trail at the end of Smith Ave behind Wiley H. Bate Middle School. The trail runs behind Maryland Hall for the Arts and ends at the fields behind Annapolis Seniors Center. This paved trail is accessible for persons with mobility equipment.

Truxton Park Loop (1.0 mi away, 1.3 mi loop): A 1.0 mi walk to the trailhead on Silopanna Ave leads to the crossing over of Spa Creek and into Truxton Park. The trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

City Dock/Ego Alley (2.6 mi walk round trip): A lovely walk through historic downtoan Annapolis takes you down to City Dock and Ego Alley with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay. Ego Alley got its name from the endless parade of boats and yachts that traverse this dead-end canal, usually only to see and be seen. From the hotel, turn left onto West St. and follow until it reaches Church Circle. Turn right and follow the circle around to take another right onto Main Street. Follow Main St. down to the circle and turn left onto Randall St and right onto City Dock along Ego Alley. Walk down to the river and enjoy the view or catch a Water Taxi. Restrooms are available in the center of the City Dock parking lot.

A short drive from the conference hotel

Quiet Waters Park (2.7 mi away): 340 acre park with 6 miles of paved trails winding through forest and grass fields to lovely river and bay overlooks. Includes several children's playgrounds and picnic areas. Daily parking fee $6. Kayak and Canoe rentals are also available on site for a fee.

Baltimore and Annapolis trail (3.3 mi away): A 13.7 mi paved surface trail stretching from Annapolis to Glen Burnie MD with connection to the BWI 10.8 mi loop paved surface trail. This heavily trafficked path is frequented by walkers and bikers alike. The Annapolis trailhead is located off US 50 just over the Severn River. Take Exit 27 and head south toward the Naval Academy on State Route 450. The trailhead parking will be on the right, just north of Boulters Way. (1700-1714 MD-450, Annapolis, MD). Or parking is available at Jonas Green Park (1.25mi away) with access via an on road bike lane.

Greenbury Point (4.0 mi away): A 3.1mi easy hiking/dirt trail around a peninsula featuring views of the Bay Bridge and Naval Academy. Trail can be muddy and overgrown at times. No fees. No restrooms.

Ellen Moyer Nature Park and Annapolis Maritime Museum extension (4.1 mi away): Great small park with 1.0 mi lightly trafficked out and back walking gravel/dirt trails, picnic tables, and a kayak launch. It can also be accessed by a 1.3 mi walk to City Dock for Annapolis Water Taxi $6-7 fare to Port Annapolis Marina. 7314 Edgewood Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403

Broad Creek trail (4.3mi away): A 4.7 mi loop moderate hiking/dirt trail through the woods with views of the South River. Well marked trail. One stream to ford. No restrooms.

Parks Further Away

Sandy Point State Park (9.5mi away): 786 acre park features a public beach (right on the Chesapeake Bay), boat launch, food and beverage concessions, picnic areas, bathhouses, playgrounds, and natural surface trails. Fee for entrance $3-$5 per person (amount depends on season).

Bacon Ridge Natural Area (11.5mi away): 630 acres of protected land with natural surface trails with restroom. Great trails for hiking and mountain biking. Park is open from dawn to dusk.

Terrapin Nature Park (15.0 mi away): This award-winning 276-acre nature park features a 3.25-mile oyster chaff walking trail, which meanders through wildflower meadows, wetlands, tidal ponds, woodlands and sandy shorelines. The trail provides a unique vantage point for viewing an incredible variety of waterfowl, wildlife and plant species. A gazebo and wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, located along the shoreline, afford a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and park benches located along the trail provides a brief respite for the weary. The trail features two observation blinds overlooking the tidal ponds. The trail connects to the County's Cross Island Trail system. Nearby free parking for the Cross Island Trail system is available at Old Love Point Park. Portable toilets are available year round.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (21mi away): Walk the boardwalks along the marsh, watch the osprey dive for fish, enjoy the forest canopy. This quiet place in southern Anne Arundel County is perfect for hiking, kayaking, and birdwatching. Entrance fee $6 per vehicle.

Other Maryland State Parks

Department of Natural Resources, Maryland's Natural Areas

Local Biking Trails

City of Annapolis, Biking Trails

For Runners

U.S. Naval Academy & Annapolis 'Runseeing' Tour

Great Runs, Annapolis, MD