Downs Park

Downs Park, Pasadena, MD
(Photos by Jake Scheuer)

Downs Park has a beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay, but the only beach it has is for dogs, kayaks and canoes.  

8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122

Directions: From I-97, go east on Rt.100, continue on Rt.177.Mountain Road which turns into Lake Shore Road. Rt. 177/Mountain Road takes a turn, but continue straight on to John Downs Loop into the park.

Swimming is not allowed at Downs Park, unless you’re a dog. Once you come to terms with that, you can enjoy the stunning Chesapeake Bay view of the 236 acre park.


Downs Park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay
Waterfront overlooking Chesapeake Bay

Downs Park is located on the Northern-most tip of Bodkin Neck and juts into the mouth of the Patapsco River where it flows into the Bay.


Downs Park kayak/canoe launch in Pasadena, MD
Kayak/Canoe launch area. No swimming allowed.

It was once a farm and then became a summer estate before it was turned into a public park, so there’s a wide open grassy area leading to the edge of the water. 

Downs Park also has a couple piers, lovely picnic areas with grills, pavilions (available only by reservation), a number of walking trails and a large playground. 


Downs Park Dog Beach, Pasadena, MD
Dog Beach

The dog beach about a five minute walk from the parking lot, by the “launch” (a sandy area for kayaks and canoes).

You’ll walk by a pavilion with a volleyball net and past stadium-seating style, wood benches overlooking the water. Go down the steps and there you are. At the dog beach! It’s next to a tidal pond.

The park is operated by Anne Arundel County and there’s a $6 per car entrance fee for the park.

It has five miles of trails. A paved hiking/biking trail around the park’s perimeter is 3.5 miles.




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