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Fort Smallwood Park Swimming Beach Notice (UPDATE)
Fort Smallwood Park will close the swimming beach to the public effective May 17, 2021 for scheduled shoreline stabilization and restoration work. The swimming beach area will remain closed through Spring 2022. No public swimming will be permitted. Read more
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Fort Smallwood 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.


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About The Park

Fort Smallwood Park’s recreational amenities include a 380-foot fishing pier, children’s playground, historic gun battery and barracks, walking trails, beaches and pond. 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.

The 380-foot "Bill Burton Fishing Pier" is wonderful 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 hours of fun for children of all ages. 

Fort Smallwood Park Map


Park Information

  • Hours of Operation
    Fort Smallwood Park is open 7 days a week from 5:30 a.m. to dusk.

    Our park office is open to the public Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The park office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
  • Fort Smallwood Park Fees
    Daily Entry Fees
    Daily Vehicle Parking Fee: $6.00 per vehicle
    Daily Vehicle Parking Fee - Physically Challenged: $5.00 per vehicle
    (MVA handicapped tags or hanging permit required)
    Daily Vehicle Parking - Service Connected: Free per vehicle
    (Military Individuals, Veterans and their Families - Services connected I.D. required)
    Annual Vehicle Entry Permit: $30.00 per vehicle (AACO Resident)
    Annual Vehicle Entry Permit: $40.00 per vehicle (Non County Resident)
    Lifetime Senior Citizen Pass: $40.00 per person (Age 60 and over)
    Daily Parking Fee - Buses (schools only): $30.00 per bus (School buses only free with pavilion rental)  
    Park fees must be paid in cash or check. Credit/debit cards are not accepted at the park. Vehicles entering the park must either display a valid yearly/ lifetime permit or pay the daily vehicle entry fees. The yearly permit is a small sticker which is permanently affixed to the driver's side front bumper of the vehicle, drivers side window or the inside frame of the driver's side door. Persons age 60 and over may obtain a lifetime vehicle entry permit which is a card that must be shown along with valid ID to gain vehicle entry. 
    Senior Passes and Annual Permits apply for Downs Park, Kinder Farm Park and Quiet Waters Park. There are also daily fees for those not wishing to obtain a yearly permit. Vehicle entry permits may be obtained at the gatehouse. Permits are also sold at the Park Information Center. Contact park office for additional information at (410) 222-0087.
    Replacement Permits: $3.00 per vehicle
    If your vehicle is sold or involved in an accident and the current year parking permit sticker needs to be replaced, remove the parking permit sticker from the vehicle and return it to the park office to receive a replacement.
  • Pavilion Rental Fees
  • Park Rules and Regulations
  • Special Events Application
    Guildelines, rules and regulations for special events for non-profit organizations.

    Special Events Application


Fort Smallwood Park

Patapsco River