Address: 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Pets: Pets on a leash are allowed
Notes: Restrooms available in the rec center and near the skateboard park
Truxtun Park contains more than 200 acres within the City of Annapolis that is bordered on two sides by Spa Creek. The Pip Moyer Recreation Center, ball fields, tennis and pickleball courts, a skateboard park, swim center and boat ramp are spread across the park. But what is often overlooked are the trails that wind through the park.
To walk a two mile loop through the woods and along the creek, park behind the rec center near a fun new playground and look for a wooded trail head that is closer to the Salvation Army side. The trail is easy to follow. The path goes through the woods and down a slope until you see a pump station. The new pool is in the woods to your right. Continue on until you reach a driveable path coming from the direction of the pool. If you turn left you can cross a wooden bridge and walk on Silopanna until it reaches the Spa Creek Trail which passes the Chesapeake Children’s Museum and ultimately the trail that surrounds Bates Middle School. Following this trail can add significantly to your walk.
But continue straight across the paved road towards another outbuilding, walking up the hill behind the building. The trail runs along the creek and has spectacular views, but also a lot of ups and downs. My fitness tracker recorded that I had done 18 flights of stairs when I walked this section. The path is easy to follow all the way to a point at the end of the park. You can actually see the Maryland State House dome and some of the downtown Annapolis church spires from this location. Take a hard right and follow the path through the woods. You’ll emerge next to the boat ramps at the end of Truxtun Park Road.
Walking up the road you will pass the newly upgraded pool, it’s very nice, and a small playground. Walk on a little more until you are at the tennis courts. Take a right at the first court and head towards the woods. You’ll see a path that veers to the left, and more steps. This path comes out behind the new playground that you parked near when you started your journey.
Inside Pip Moyer there are other fun opportunities for kids. There are fees to use both the Rock Climbing Wall and Ballocity, an indoor playspace featuring climbing tubes, slides and foam ball launchers. Check out the website for times and fees: annapolis.gov
Looking for more fun parks to explore? See our collection of Park Spotlights for great places to experience nature.