links to area attractions


Here are some links to area attractions in and around  Harwood:


Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) - Adjacent to Harwood and comprising some of the most beautiful and undisturbed land in South County, the SERC hosts a variety of public activities designed to educate and inform the young and not-so-young about the environment.  Website:


Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association (CEPA) - CEPA has been involved with many Bay health issues, such as pollution, the depletion of aquifers and farm preservation, since the 1960s.  CEPA has worked with the Navy, Lawrence Livermore Lab, John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Smithsonian Institute, University of Maryland, and Maryland and Anne Arundel County legislators.  Website:


West/Rhode Riverkeeper -  West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc., is a community-supported environmental organization with a focus on enforcement of environmental laws. They patrol the West and Rhode Rivers and the nearby waters of the Chesapeake Bay. When they identify sources of pollution, they do everything they can to stop it and to hold those responsible accountable. We also work to reduce sources of legal pollution through advocacy, education and watershed restoration.


Information about Recreational Parks in South County is here.



parks in our area

Beaches and Waterfront

A very special facility of Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks is Mayo Beach Park, located at the mouth of the South River on the Chesapeake Bay (Mayo). The park features a sandy beach, shaded picnic areas, pavilion, playing fields and clubhouse. Mayo Beach Park is open to the public on designated days during summer weekends (Sundays in July in 2007). The park is also available for rental use on a permit basis to civic and nonprofit organizations, wedding, receptions, cultural exhibits, company picnics and family reunions. For dates the park is open to the public or for those interested in a day rental, please see our website at:

Beverly Triton Park is a rustic, undeveloped waterfront park on the Chesapeake Bay in Mayo. It is open by permit only for walk-in visits. Beverly Triton boasts a sandy beach and natural walking trails. To request a monthly permit, please contact Jeff Mauck at 410-222-1520.

Anne Arundel County also offers Chesapeake beach experiences on the West River at Galesville Pier; at Carr’s Wharf Pier on the South River; on the Bay at Holland Point Park (Friendship); and at Rockhold Creek at Deale Pier.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and the Parris Glendenning Nature Preserve at Jug Bay (Lothian) comprise a wonderful natural area stretching along the Patuxent River. The park is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (9:00am – 5:00pm) for riverside exploration, canoe and kayak experiences, birdwatching and organized research and educational programs. Please visit for a calendar of events and more information.

Hiker/Biker Paths

Our Community Parks feature open spaces and sports fields for active recreation and many have paved or mulched paths and park roads suitable for passive recreation as well. These include:

Bell Branch Park, Davidsonville
Beverly Triton (hiking only)
Crofton Park
Davidsonville Park
Edgewater Park
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (hiking trails)
Loch Haven Park, Mayo
Riverwood Park, Davidsonville
Shadyside Park

Picnic Areas

Many of our Community Parks have a few picnic tables available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis. These include:

Bell Branch Park, Davidsonville
Crofton Park
Deale-Tracy’s Park
Edgewater Park
Elizabeth Dixon Park, Galesville
Kings Branch Park, Davidsonville
Loch Haven Park, Mayo
London Towne House & Gardens (fee; closes at 4:30 pm)
Riverwood Park, Davidsonville

Pavilions and Reserved Picnic Areas

Bell Branch Park and Crofton Park can accommodate larger groups of 20-50 and are available by reservation only. Please contact our Scheduling Office at (410) 222-7311 ext. 3539 / Mark Oliver or go the our website, > Facility Scheduling > Community Park Pavilion / Picnic Area Use Application for more information.

Prepared by Anne Peret, 410-222-7313
8 June 2007