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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 Pass: $6.00 per vehicle
    Daily Pass - Physically Challenged: $5.00 per vehicle
    (MVA handicapped tags or hanging permit required)
    Daily Pass - Service Connected: Free per vehicle
    (Military Individuals, Veterans and their Families - Services connected I.D. required)
    Annual Pass: $30.00 per vehicle (AACO Resident)
    Annual Pass: $40.00 per vehicle (Non County Resident)
    Senior 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)  

    How to Purchase a Pass

    Get your Daily Pass, Annual Pass or Senior Pass at one of Anne Arundel County's regional parks (Downs Park, Fort Smallwood Park, Kinder Farm Park, and Quiet Waters Park) at All passes at our regional parks can be purchased here prior to arriving at the park. With an annual pass you may explore and enjoy the four regional parks as often as you'd like for a single annual fee. Passes for regional parks are also available for purchase from the park gatehouses.
    Vehicles entering the park must either display a valid annual/senior pass or pay the daily pass fees. The annual 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 senior pass which is a card that must be shown along with valid ID to gain vehicle entry. A pass is valid for one parking space at a regional park and are not transferable.
    Contact the park office at (410) 222-0087 for more information.

    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. Replacement senior passes are also available in the event of loss or significant damage. Applications for replacement senior passes must be obtained and submitted to the park where the original pass was purchased.
  • 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