Fort Smallwood Park
- Boat Ramp Construction at Fort Smallwood Park -
Construction will be ongoing throughout 2015. The FISHING PIER and CEDAR PAVILION will be closed during the construction period. Please stay alert for any changes in vehicle traffic patterns. Sections of the park may be closed to the public during this period. We appreciate your patience.
|Cartop Boat Launch |
|Fishing (Bill Burton Fishing Pier)|
|Trails (1,758 feet paved)|
|Volleyball Courts (grass)|
About the Park
Fort Smallwood Park consists of approximately 90 acres at the tip of a peninsula in northeastern Anne Arundel County where Patapsco River and Rock Creek meet the Chesapeake Bay. In March 2006, Fort Smallwood Park became a regional park for Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. The park’s recreational amenities include a 380-foot fishing pier, children’s playground, historic gun battery and barracks, walking trails, beaches (no swimming), pond and volleyball courts. Fort Smallwood was a sea coast defense built in the late 1880's to the early part of the 1900's. The fort was in use from 1890 until 1927.
On September 19, 2009, the 380-foot fishing pier at Fort Smallwood Park "Bill Burton Fishing Pier
" was officially dedicated. The previous pier was destroyed in 2003 by Hurricane Isabel. The pier enhances the park experience for fishermen, birdwatchers, and admirers of local scenery. The historic Cedar Pavilion
is available to rent for groups up to 100 people. Fort Smallwood Park offers an accessible playground that provide hours of fun for children of all ages. Beginning the last week of February the “Hawk Heads”, a volunteer group of birdwatchers will start the annual raptor migration count. Fort Smallwood Park has been named an Important Bird Area by Audubon Maryland-DC. The public is welcomed to stop by and join in.
Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks created a master plan for the Fort Smallwood Park and Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Park to include recreational, cultural, natural and historical amenities. In an effort to provide enhanced public recreational opportunities as well as preserve significant natural and cultural resources, the Department initiated the Fort Smallwood Park and Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Park Master Planning Committee.
Easy Access to Water
Fort Smallwood Park is situated on the Patapsco River in Pasadena. The park is known for its excellent fishing and as an excellent bird watching site, especially raptors. This is also an excellent site for windsurfers and kite boarders. Attention to safety and weather conditions is paramount to boaters prior to launching from this site due to its proximity to the shipping channel. Park is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Park is closed on Wednesdays. For further information call 410-222-6230.
From Annapolis, take Ritchie Hwy/MD 2 north and drive for 7 miles. Then turn onto Magothy Bridge Rd. Continue straight onto Hogneck Rd then turn right onto Fort Smallwood Rd. Continue on Fort Smallwood Rd until you reach the park.
From Glen Burnie, take Ritchie Hwy/MD 2 south. Merge onto MD 100 E toward Gibson Island. Turn left onto Magothy Bridge Rd and continue to Hogneck Rd. Then turn right onto Fort Smallwood Rd. Continue on Fort Smallwood Rd until you reach the park.
Fort Smallwood Park is a unit of the Park Operations Division of the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.