The Maryland Public Access, Water Trails and Recreation Planning Program works with project partners (including local, state, and federal governments) to develop and promote water trails and public access sites for people to enjoy.
From the open waters of the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, to the intimate meandering creeks in Central Maryland, and raging whitewater of the Youghiogheny River in Western Maryland, our state has a long history of reliance upon waterways.
Numerous places in Maryland have always attracted boaters and paddlers and the Maryland Water Trails Program provides a host of user-friendly information on how to enjoy and access Maryland’s water trails safely.
Designation as an official Maryland Water Trail requires the following:
Officially designated water trails will be posted on the Maryland Water Trails web page and included in promotional materials.
For more information on the designation process or to request technical assistance contact Lisa Gutierrez at Lisa.Gutierrez@Maryland.gov
Through partnerships with local governments, citizen associations, and nonprofit organizations Maryland Department of Natural Resources is working to build a statewide network of water trails. To date, Maryland has over 750 miles of designated water trails and other projects are in development across the state. Click on the map below to view existing designated trails or see the Maryland Public Water Access web app.
View water trails by region by clicking on the map below
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