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Parks and Recreation

Outdoor Adventures

Baltimore County’s waterfront attracts boaters and fishermen from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Along shorefront neighborhoods, marinas, waterfront restaurants, parks and historic sites serve as popular destinations. Baltimore County’s waterfront includes 26 county parks, two state parks, large woodlands and agricultural land.

Baltimore County seeks to balance recreational use of the waterfront with its industry and with environmental protection policies, both at the state and federal levels, preserving wetlands, animal habitats and fragile waterfront sites. These policies reflect the county’s commitment to protecting the integrity of this precious natural resource.

Baltimore County’s shores are dotted with marinas offering storage and maintenance of powerboats and water sports outlets — these offer education and equipment rental so people can thoroughly enjoy either relaxation or exhilarating fun on the water.

The Marshy Point Nature Center is a natural addition to its surrounding landscape. With striking architectural lines of timber and stone, it reflects its beautiful setting of old forest, gentle meadows and the sheltered waters of Dundee Creek.

It is a magnificent place for hiking, bird watching and communing with nature. Every third Tuesday of the month, well-known writers, photographers and naturalists lecture and present slides. On weekends, the staff and volunteers offer bird walks, plant and animal identification workshops, canoe trips and demonstrations of skills and crafts.

Golfers can also find challenging courses in Baltimore County. Rocky Point Golf Course in Essex offers a new “Dock and Drive” program, wherein golfers can arrive by boat and immediately enjoy the challenging waterfront links.

A new 50-acre park, named the Fields at Renaissance Park, is under construction in Essex and will feature basketball and volleyball courts, athletic fields, picnic areas, walking trails and a community center.

For a full list of parks maintained by Baltimore County, visit the Recreation and Parks Department at

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