Despite its urban location on the Chesapeake Bay, there are several gorgeous hiking trails within a short distance of Annapolis. One of the top things to do in Annapolis for vacationers is to take a stroll through lush forests, along Annapolis’ creeks and rivers, or along the Atlantic coastline. If you prefer urban hiking, we also know of a great walking tour in downtown Annapolis. With so much water and beauty all around Annapolis, it’s hard to go wrong when planning a day hiking outside.
Broad Creek Trail
Located on the West side of Annapolis in Broad Creek Park, the Broad Creek Trail is one of Annapolis’ most beautiful trails. Wander for 4.7 miles along a loop that showcases Broad Creek, Broad Creek Marsh, lush forests, and a serene lake.
The Broad Creek Trail is a year-round multi-use trail, so it’s perfect for hiking, trail running, or walking the dog. The colors in autumn are spectacular, as is the lush green canopy of trees in the summertime, making this hiking along this trail one of our favorite things to do in Annapolis, MD all year long.
Southern Cooking Feeds Your Soul
There is just something about Southern dishes that just make us feel at home, even if we were born far away from the South, and Julep Southern Kitchen & Bar, 2207 Forest Drive is where we go when the need for meatloaf and collard greens overtakes us! Conveniently located not far from the Broad Creek Trail, their modern twists on Southern favorites will have you looking at food in a completely new light.
Trident Beverly Beach
Located just 20 minutes Southwest of Annapolis, Trident Beverly Beach is a gorgeous loop hike along a white sand beach, a lush forest, marshes, and a couple lakes. The park is dog and family-friendly and offers visitors a relaxed atmosphere to walk and play.
The Trident Beverly Beach Trail is a 4-mile loop that’s excellent for hiking and trail running. The trails are well marked and take visitors through a variety of ecological habitats. If you’re looking for a relaxing escape, Trident Beverly Beach is a great place to spend an afternoon.
Fill Your Stomach
Hunger pangs may strike hard and fast after you complete the 4-mile loop listed above, and you probably are not going to want to wait to get back to Annapolis to chow down! Edgewater, however, offers plenty of choices for hungry hikers, including our personal favorite, the Edgewater Restaurant. Located at 148 Mayo Road and open for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, there is a reason this popular spot has been around for over 70 years. Their menu, filled with delicious seafood and hearty American style dishes is the top reason, with super-efficient staff, and friendly ambience falling closely behind!
If urban hiking is more your pace, we highly recommend going on a Watermark Annapolis Walking Tour. If you choose the Four Centuries Tour, guides adorned in Colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and into the famous Maryland State House.
Highlights of the tour include the location where George Washington resigned as Commander in Chief at the end of the Revolutionary War, the US Naval Academy, 18th century mansions, and stunning Colonial architecture. While you walk, your guide will inform you about Annapolis’ history and include stories about the brave people that built its magnificent structures.
A Good Walk Made Better with Good Food!
The best thing about all this walking is it allows you to pretty much eat whatever you want at any of the restaurants we mention below. After a tour of the US Naval Academy, you may be feeling more than a little patriotic, so a visit to Mission Barbecue at 142 Dock Street will satisfy your craving for some all-American food. Offering all your barbecue favorites, every meal is hearty and filling, and the memorabilia on the walls honoring first responders will warm your heart! If you find yourself near the Maryland State House during your walking tour of Annapolis, you may feel a little intimidated by the stylish eating spots in the neighborhood, especially if you did not “dress to thrill.” (Who does that when on vacation, anyway?) Enter Stage Left with Potato Valley Café, 47 State Circle #100, where the art of casual dining has been perfected! Serving sandwiches that are thick and hearty and potatoes that are a meal in themselves, those watching their waistlines can happily order one of their famous salads and leave the restaurant feeling satisfied and full.
Hiking Is Thirsty Business
Sweet tea, water, and soda are all beverages that do their best to quench that thirst you have, but sometimes, nothing satisfies more than a cold and frothy beer! Federal House, located in historic downtown Annapolis at 22 Market Space, has exactly what you need. Serving pub grub, cold beers, and offering an extensive bourbon and whiskey as well, the Federal House never lets you down.
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