Best Places To Paddle Around Baltimore
Wondering where to launch your board around Baltimore??
We may be biased, but we believe that Maryland has some of the most scenic paddling destinations on the East Coast. Whether you are looking for rivers, creeks or the ocean….we have it all! We often get asked what our favorite spots to paddle are, so we thought we’d share a few of our not-so-secret favorite SUP launch spots. In this post we will focus on Baltimore City and County, and if we left off one of your favorites, please let us know! We’d love to hear where you launch your boards!
Many people are hesitant to paddle on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, but we think it is one of the most special paddle destinations in Maryland. Seeing Baltimore city via stand up paddle board will change your perspective of our city. But, where is the best place to launch?
Canton Water Park at The Korean War Memorial- 2903 Boston St. (Canton, MD):
The Canton Waterfront Park has a public boat launch which is the perfect spot to launch your board. Once on the water it is approximately 2 miles to the Inner Harbor. Another great paddle is to go straight across the harbor and paddle around Ft. McHenry. Just note that in the summer boat traffic can be quite heavy in the Inner Harbor so we prefer to go right at sunrise to get that glassy harbor paddle.
Inverness Park – 2025 Inverton Road (Dundalk, MD)
This is the closest public launch spot to our home base on Bear Creek. Although the park is technically on Lynch Cove, it is less than a half mile from B’More SUP. As you probably know, B’More SUP is not a public launch spot, so if you want to go out on your own, but paddle on our gorgeous waterways, this is the place to launch!
Merritt Point Park – 7800 Dunmanway (Dundalk, MD)
This quaint park is located in Dundalk on Bullneck Creek. The boat launch facilities were updated in 2018 and the shady park makes for a scenic start to your paddle.
Wilson Point Park – 950 Beech Dr. (Middle River, MD)
Wilson Point Park is the County’s newest waterfront park. It is located on Dark Head Creek and features one two-lane boat ramp that makes for a great SUP launch location The park is located close to Carson’s Creekside restaurant, just in case you work up an appetite and want to grab some food or drinks after your paddle! Wilson Point is a 25-acre park and is part of Baltimore County’s “east side renaissance” program to revitalize struggling older neighborhoods and attract people to the eastern area of the County.
Cox’s Point Park – 820 Riverside Dr. (Essex, MD)
Cox’s Point Park, located on Back River, features one two-lane boat launch. Being situated on the Back River means that this location is a bit more exposed to the wind and currents then the other locations we have included in this list.
Dundee Creek Marina – 7400 Grace Quarters Rd. (Middle Ricer, MD)
This is without a doubt one of our favorite spots to paddle in Baltimore County. This has a sandy beach entry and free parking plus SO MUCH nature! In fact, one of our favorite places to paddle to from the Marina is Marshy Point Nature Center. It is just about a one mile paddle to the nature center. Just beware, the seagrass (i.e. weeds!) can get pretty high in August and September, so choose your fin wisely!
Gunpowder Falls State Park- Hammerman Area – 7200 Graces Quarters Rd. (Middle River, MD)
Located on the opposite side of the road, just before you get to Dundee Creek, this is definitely a secret gem in Baltimore. There are two “secret” water trails that are fantastic to explore. However, note that on weekends in the summer this park is PACKED with people taking day trips to “the beach”! So, the parking can be a bit tricky and you may have to walk quite a ways with your board to access the beach entry. Park entry fee is required.
Rocky Point State Park – 2200 Rocky Point Rd. (Essex, MD)
Since 1969, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks has owned and operated this 375-acre park. Located at the mouth of Back and Middle Rivers, it boasts an expansive view of the Chesapeake Bay, Hart-Miller Island and Craighill Light and one of the nicest beaches on the upper Chesapeake. Hart-Miller Island is a Maryland State Park accessible only by personal boat or paddleboard/kayak. The island is approximately two miles from Rocky Point Park- it’s one of our summer goals to paddle to the island for a camp out! Want to join us?