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Sandy Point State Park is the perfect spot if you want to spend a crisp fall day enjoying the beach in Annapolis. Open all year long, this 786-acre Maryland State Park is located on the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay and offers breathtaking views of the waterway and the magnificent bridge that spans it.

Beaches

The park’s South Beach offers areas for sunbathing after an invigorating swim in the Chesapeake. Lifeguards are on duty 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Nature Viewing

Bird watching is a favorite pastime for many visitors at Sandy Point. Situated on the Eastern Flyway, the park is a prime location for spotting migratory waterfowl. Located on the northwest section of the park and overseen by the Maryland Park Service, The Corcoran Environmental Study Area is a nature preserve set aside for education, science, and beauty.

Hiking

The Symbi Trail provides views of a pine forest and leads to marshes filled with wildlife. A short trail close to the parking lot for small craft gives birdwatchers wooded cover ideal for watching Maryland’s distinctive waterfowl. There are also 4 miles of trails for hiking and jogging in the Corcoran Woods.

Picnicking

Grassy picnic areas can be found next to South Beach, where bathrooms and a children’s playground are also located. For those who like to barbecue, there are grills and picnic tables available. The park’s marina store offers supplies for cooking.

Fishing & Crabbing

Fishing is allowed in designated areas, including rock jetties and a fishing pier. The Chesapeake Bay blue crab is delicious and can be caught from the fishing and crabbing pier located at the south end of the boat ramps.

Boating

Park personnel are very proud of the park’s marina facility, which includes 22 boat launching ramps. Weather permitting, motorboats may be rented during late spring, summer, and early fall.

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