Downs Memorial Park

Gibson Island, Maryland 21056

Downs Memorial Park

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"Enjoy a heady combination of mature forest, boggy marshland, self-guided nature trails, golden sand beach, and stunning water views. This land, now owned by the Anne Arundel County Department of Parks and Recreation, comes well stocked not only in natural beauty but also in human history.

Downs Memorial stands on Bodkin Neck, a peninsula at the confluence of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay. Deeds to its earliest settlement date back to 1670 and include Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, among its initial landowners."

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"Start and end this loop trail with expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay and Bodkin Creek inlet. A perimeter trail takes you on a paved, curvy path along a wooded corridor through forest and marshland. It’s a great way to start and end your hike on the Perimeter Trail in Downs Memorial Park. With 236 acres, the park has many facilities including bathrooms, water fountains, dog beach, fishing pier, play- ground, and picnic area. There are a total of 5 miles of paved hiking trails and a network of natural-surface interior trails. The trailhead for the Perimeter Trail is just behind the visitor center and off to the right." Read more

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Gibson Island
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2 hours
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Dec 2018