Fort Smallwood Park

Fort Smallwood Park

Fort Smallwood Park is comprised of 90 acres at the tip of a peninsula in northeastern Anne Arundel County where the Patapsco River and Rock Creek meet the Chesapeake Bay. Situated at the confluence of the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay, Fort Smallwood Park’s 90 acres offer an outstanding balance of recreation opportunities and natural beauty. Park visitors of all ages and interests will find Fort Smallwood Park a relaxing place to spend their leisure time. Enjoy fishing, picnicking, bird watching, and swimming. The park offers a hard launch boat ramp year-round for power boaters and sailors as well as a soft launch for paddlers, windsurfers and kiteboarders.

Park Hours

The Park opens daily at 5:30 AM and closes at sunset. The Park is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Boat Ramp opens daily at 5:30 AM and closes 1 hour before posted park closing time.

Park Notices

Annual and Senior Pass Holders:
Due to increased park visitation on weekends and holidays, it is recommended that you collect your pass during a weekday. Entrance into the park on the weekend or during a holiday can not be guaranteed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Rates and Fees

Pass Type Description Price
Annual Pass - AACO Resident Valid for Anne Arundel County resident admission to Downs Park, Fort Smallwood Park, Kinder Farm Park, and Quiet Waters Park from the date of purchase through December 31, 2022. Admits the pass holder and occupants of a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to the park. $30
Annual Pass - Non-AACO Resident Valid for non-Anne Arundel County resident admission to Downs Park, Fort Smallwood Park, Kinder Farm Park, and Quiet Waters Park from the date of purchase through December 31, 2021. Admits the pass holder and occupants of a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to the park. $40
Boat Ramp - Daily Pass Valid for one day of boat ramp usage. $10
Daily Pass Admits the pass holder and occupants of a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to the park. $6
Daily Pass - Bus Admits a school bus to the park. School buses only free with pavilion rental. $30
Daily Pass - Handicap/Disabled Admits the pass holder and occupants of a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to the park. MVA handicapped tags or hanging permit required for redemption of this pass. $5
Daily Pass - Military/Veteran Admits the pass holder and occupants of a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to the park. Military service identification is required for redemption of this pass. Free
Senior Pass Valid for those 60 and older. Admits the pass holder to Downs Park, Fort Smallwood Park, Kinder Farm Park, and Quiet Waters Park. Proof of age will be required to redeem the pass at the Park's gatehouse. This is a lifetime pass and is non-transferable. $40

Know Before You Go

The park is located at:

9500 Fort Smallwood Rd
Pasadena, Maryland 21122

  • Alcohol is prohibited in the park.
  • Parking/Driving on the grass is prohibited. 
  • Enclosed tents are prohibited in the park.
  • Grilling is prohibited outside of the designated picnic areas.
  • Pets, smoking, grills, inflatable boats/rafts, glass bottles, pop-up canopies are prohibited on the beaches.
  • Pets must be on a leash and under owners' control at all times.
  • All groups over 20 persons are required to rent the park’s Cedar Pavilion.
  • Overnight parking is prohibited.
  • Protected Shoreline Restoration Areas are closed to the public. 
  • See our Boat Ramp Information site for more information about boat ramp usage.

Need Help?

Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks
Anne Arundel County Government Building
1 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-7313