I enjoyed a change of scenery at Anne Arundel County’s Quiet Waters Park

Photo of a paved trail that goes straight and then veers to the left, with wooded areas and leaves on both sides.
Paved trails go through the woods at Quiet Waters Park. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Last month, my boyfriend, Mike, and I headed up to Annapolis to grocery shop at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. We usually at least stop at Trader Joe’s on our way back from seeing family or doing something else in the Baltimore area, but we hadn’t been there in probably about four-plus months because of the pandemic, so it was time to get some of our regular items.

Female runner running on a paved trail, with woods in the background.
Mike got this photo of me running at Quiet Waters Park. (Michael Piorunski photo)

I suggested we go for a short run while in the Annapolis area. We went to Quiet Waters Park, a place that had been recommended to me a while ago but that I’d never been to. It’s an Anne Arundel County park.

We parked in the parking lot closest to the Blue Heron Center (see trail map here) and first took the short trail to the Composting Demonstration Area, which had different composting setups to see along the way. Then, we headed northeast on the main trail, which was also paved, and back around.

With the terrain in Salisbury being very flat, we both noticed the inclines on the trails. My watch elevation is pretty much always incorrect, but the elevation corrections showed 84 feet (Strava) and 92 feet (Garmin) within the three miles we ran. That might not sound like much, but it isn’t as flat as Salisbury. My 10-miler today in Quantico (adjacent to Salisbury) only had 15 feet of elevation gain, according to Strava (or 49 according to Garmin, but either way, that’s spread out over 10 miles).

Sculpture that has what looks like tall metal rectangles going up, with rocks in the middle. A paved trail is behind it.
We saw some art during our visit to Quiet Waters Park (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The park and its trails were nice, and I also noticed that almost everyone was wearing a mask while walking outdoors, which seemed like a (welcome) change from here in Salisbury.

We ran much of the main loop, but there were still some parts of the park we didn’t see. We did get a chance to see some public art in the park as well, one piece of which is shown in this post.

I’m glad we got to run together and see something different.

Admission is $6 per car. Learn more about the park here.

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