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Doggie Walk and Swim at Downs Park

  • 05 Mar 2023
  • 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Pasadena, MD


  • Enjoy a nice easy walk along a paved trail with through a mature forest that opens up to expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Take a walk on the mild side!

Bring your doggies on this flat four-mile woods and water walk at Downs Park in Anne Arundel County.

We'll start our walk at the South Overlook and enjoy views of the Chesapeake Bay and possibly spy some blue birds at the aviary right next to the gazebo. Then we'll head out on the Perimeter Trail through a forest of oak, poplar, beech, birch, holly, sweet gum and sassafras. Toward the end of the walk, we'll stop at the dog beach so the pooches can romp in the water.

After the dog beach, we'll wander out to the end of the fishing pier and take in spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and across to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. (Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the pier.) Bring your binoculars because there's a good chance we'll be able to see several different kinds of ducks in the bay.

The whole trail is flat and paved so this will be a gentle walk in the woods. If you don't want to do the entire 4 miles, there's an easy cutoff back to the Visitors Center to shorten the walk.

We'll eat our lunch toward the end of the walk at a spot overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

There is a $6 parking fee at Downs Park.

According to park rules, dogs must be on a leash at all times, except at the dog beach. Owners are responsible for picking up after their pets.

Registration closes on Saturday, March 4. This activity will be cancelled In the event of rain or extreme cold; all registrants will be notified.

This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link.


  • Water
  • Snacks for the trail
  • Brown bag lunch
  • Hat, gloves, layers for warmth
  • Binoculars (optional)

Please respect the trip leaders and other members and arrive on time - 10:30 a.m.

The automatic confirmation email is the only email you will receive about this event. Be sure and save it or print it out.

COVID-19 Message 

Are you vaccinated? Please let us know when you register. Based on that response, we can tailor appropriate CDC safety protocols for this get-together.

  • WO members and guests must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Agreement & Assumption of Risk Statement during the registration process.


Be sure to copy down the address and trip leader contact information from the confirmation email to bring with you as there might not be good cell service at the event location.

If you register but then are unable to attend, please cancel your registration. Events may be cancelled due to lack of attendance, as well as changes in weather or other circumstances. 

If you must cancel at the last minute, call or text the event host/trip leader (see your confirmation email for contact details) and let her know who it is who is calling/texting.

To Cancel: Go to your Registration List

  • Click on this event in your list.
  • Click on the Already registered link under the REGISTER button.
  • At the next page that opens with your registration form, click on the CANCEL REGISTRATION button, and then click again on Cancel Registration on the pop-up form.
  • Ignore the link to contact the administrator.

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