Outdoor Recreation

Baltimore City is home to almost 4,600 acres of parkland, three stream valleys, and miles of bike and natural surface trail. We have over 25 miles of Waterfront Park, over two dozen public boat launches, crabbing and fishing piers, and one of the largest urban wilderness areas on the east coast.

With so many natural resources, BCRP continues to develop and expand outdoor and nature recreational opportunities. They include camping, canoeing, kayaking, boating, sailing, hiking, biking, trail and cross-country running, fishing and crabbing, birding, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, rollerblading, disc golf, kiting, climbing, sledding, cross-country skiing, challenge courses, mountain boarding and more!

These activities are healthy lifelong leisure activities that can be pursued at any age and foster a sense of connection to nature. With the organic infrastructure of Baltimore, these activities provide social, personal, economic and environmental benefits for all enthusiasts.

Guided trips and custom tours can be designed for your group by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. Please contact us for additional information and cost.  For more information on additional Outdoor Recreation Programs, view our 2016 Calendar of Events below or e-mail Molly Gallant or call 443-984-4058.


Water Activities


Open Row
Outdoor RecreationFridays, April–May and Aug.–Sept., 6-8 p.m. & June – July , 7-9 p.m.
Saturday Night Pilot: June 4, July 2 and Aug. 6
$10 for City residents, $20 for non-residents
10 canoes and 10 kayaks available. BCRP provides staff and guided tours. Selfguided
paddling and ti ps/group lessons also available. PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY.
Reservations required, http://tinyurl.com/BCRPfindyourparkbysea.  

CanoeCanoe and Scoop
Saturdays, April–Oct., 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Clean up rain left overs from the shore line of Middle Branch Park. A great acti vity
for groups up to 20 and service projects. Individual sign up: http://tinyurl.com/BCRPfindyourparkbysea. For groups of 10 or more, email [email protected].

Sunday Afternoon Canoe Tours
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$20 for City residents $30 for non-residents
Bring a picnic and let’s see where the tour takes us. 10 canoes and 10 kayaks
available. We provide staff and guided tours. Depending on the parti cipant’s
comfort level there is self-guided paddling and ti ps/group lessons available at
this ti me. PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY. Reservations required, http://tinyurl.com/BCRPfindyourparkbysea.


Learn to KayakWaterfront Wellness
Saturdays, June–Aug., 1-3 p.m. $2 general admission, $5 to bring your own boat.
Beginner kayakers are provided instruction and skill building tips in a safe and controlled environment. Participants must be 50 pounds or more and children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED.
For groups, email [email protected].


Harbor Waterfront Kayak Tours
Sundays, April–Oct., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
$20 for City residents, $30 for non-residents
Join BCRP and the Healthy Harbor Initiative for a Sunday of paddling. Departing
from the Science Center, we explore the Inner Harbor. 15 slots available.
Participant restrictions are determined by life vest size and boat space. THIS
 Reservations required, http://tinyurl.com/BCRPfindyourparkbysea.


Have a group? Are you interested in creating your own
custom group outing? Just call, we can create and book it.
For questions or more information please contact or
[email protected] or call 443.984.4058.



Kids Fishing

Patterson Park Family Fishing Festival
Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Patterson Park Fall Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Canton Waterfront Park Baltimore Kids Catch
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Ride Around the Reservoir in Druid HillBiking
Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. (May-August)
$5 donation suggested
Our big blue bikes are ready and waiting for you! A current driver’s license or MD issued ID card is required. 

Ride Around the Lake
Lake Montebello, Whitman Drive
Thursdays, May – Aug. , 5-8 p.m.
Saturdays, April – Sept. , 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$5 donation suggested
Our big blue bikes are ready and waiting for you! A current driver’s license or MD
issued ID card is required.

Ride Around Trail Series
Gwynns Falls, Jones Falls and Herring Run
Sundays, May – Aug., 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$10 donation suggested
Varied skill levels are welcome to tour bike and pedestrian trails with our trained
guides. A current driver’s license or MD issued ID card is required.

City Employee Lunchtime Bike Rides (Targeting City Employees)  
Every Friday 12-12:45 p.m. April - October
As a partner with the City of Baltimore’s Health and Wellness Program, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks offers a chance for our city employees to Get Active and Get Healthy!  We provide bikes, helmets, and experienced staff to get participants out on bikes for a great workout.  We meet at War Memorial Plaza at Noon and are ready to ride by 12:15.  We bike as a group down to the beautiful Harbor Promenade and Federal Hill Park and then back to the plaza.  Please register at www.cityofbaltimorewellness.com.

Register here now!


Moonlight Hikes
HikingVarious times and locations
Friday or Saturday nights closest to the full moonHikes are typically 2 hours in length and will vary on distances. Please check the
events calendar for upcoming hike.

Saturday and Sunday Hikes
Various times and locations
Join BCRP and Park Friends Groups for hosted hikes throughout the city on paved
and natural surface trails in Gwynns Falls/Leakin, Herring Run and Druid Hill Parks,
Stony Run, and Cylburn Arboretum. Hikes are for varying skill levels.
www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Parks-Meetup for upcoming hikes.

Register here now!

Outdoor Recreation loves our Supporters!

M&T Bank
Rails to Trails: http://www.railstotrails.org/our-work/united-states/maryland/#state
Baltimore Heritage Area: http://explorebaltimore.org/
Chesapeake Bay Trust: http://www.cbtrust.org/
National Park Service: http://www.nps.gov/resources/2016.htm?id=32069FD0-155D-451F-67A4BA835478576E

Outdoor Recreation knows we can’t do it alone! 

Audubon Society: http://pattersonpark.audubon.org/
Outward Bound: http://outwardboundbaltimore.org/
Baltimore ICO: http://www.sierraclub.org/maryland/baltimore-ico
Masonville Cove: http://www.masonvillecove.org/

Other Opportunities

• Camping—Join us for the Great American Backyard Campout night on June 25 at one of our two locations—Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park or Herring Run Park.  Space is limited RSVP is REQUIRED. For more information, e-mail Molly Gallant or call 443-984-4058.  


• Volunteers—Do you have certifications or skills that you would like to share? We have opportunities for dedicated people to be safety boaters, bike mechanics, bike and hike leaders. . . and much more! Do you have a group? Are you interested in creating your own group outing? For booking, questions or more information, please e-mail [email protected] or call 443-984-4058.

 Park Friends—  What would we do without our fantastic Friends Groups there are over 78 Groups in Baltimore City who organize and host park clean up days, movie nights, farmers markets, concerts, movies and more. Visit our MeetUp group to view all Park Friends events in one calendar.

Coming Soon... 

• Equestrian—We are working with several agencies and organizations to bring back the ability to have horses in our parks. Please e-mail Molly Gallant or call 443-984-4058 if you are interested in this developmental stage. 

• Climbing—We have sites that are in need of cleaning, and organizations and clubs that would be willing to adopt these sites. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.