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Anne Arundel County was an original county of Maryland. It was created in 1650, a year after the death of its namesake, Anne Arundel of the once prominent Arundel family of Cornwall, England. The Anne Arundel County seat is located in Annapolis, which is also the state capital. Nearly 500,000 people call this “land of pleasant living” home. The area’s superior quality of life along the Chesapeake Bay and its proximity to Baltimore and Washington D.C. are major draws.
Outdoor activities abound within Anne Arundel County. With 534 miles of coastline, boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing and swimming are popular pastimes. For those that prefer land, there are two state parks, more than seventy county parks and several nature preserves within the county.
Sandy Point State Park
—Sandy Point State Park is a 786-acre park resting on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The park offers ample room for swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating and windsurfing. Unparalleled views of the Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge can be found from the park’s beaches and picnic areas.
The park’s location along the eastern flyway makes it an ideal location for bird watchers. A wide range of birds live or pass through Sandy Point as well as other wildlife which can be enjoyed from two unique hiking trails.
Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
—This 13-mile trail connects Baltimore and Annapolis with an 8-foot wide paved trail. As a part of the East Coast Greenway, the trail offers a place for walkers, runners, bicyclists, and even equestrians.
The Bay Bridge Walk
—Annually, anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 people gather for the Bay Bridge Walk. Held every year since 1975 on a Sunday in early May, the walk allows residents to get out and enjoy a unique experience.