At a Glance

Hours: 7:00 AM to dusk.

Cost: Free.

Tips: No restrooms. ◾ Greenbury Point is frequently closed to the public because of Navy firing range operations. Before you go, check twitter.com/nsaannapolis. Every morning, the Navy posts the open/closed trail status.

Best Seasons: Winter, for waterfowl, all other seasons for woodland/ grassland species

Local MOS Chapter: Anne Arundel Bird Club

Greenbury Point

357 Bullard Boulevard, Annapolis, Maryland 21402

Greenbury Point is located on a 231-acre peninsula, managed by the US Navy, at the mouth of the Severn River.  Habitats here include wooded coves, shallow wetland ponds, forests, and scrub/shrub areas. The peninsula offers excellent views of the Chesapeake Bay and contains one of the largest grassland habitats in the county. A hard, dirt-covered path encircles most of the park. Paths off of the loop are a mixture of paved and mowed grass. The entire park is flat–no elevation.

The Nature Center Trail (1.3 mile) begins at the nature center parking lot and meanders through scrubby woodland and and meadow, with views into Carr Creek.  The trail can be brushy– use tick and chigger precautions!  The Tower Trail is a hard dirt or gravel path around the perimeter of the point, with views of the Chesapeake Bay and the large managed grassland habitat.  Be sure to check the WW II-era  Navy radio communication towers for active Osprey nests, in season.

Birdlife:

Over 210 species have been reported on eBird from Greenbury Point.

Winter: Tundra Swan, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Horned Grebe, American Woodcock, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco. SPRING: Common Loon, Northern Gannett, American Coot, Forster’s Tern, Tree Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Prairie Warbler.

Spring: Common Loon, Northern Gannett, American Coot, Forster’s Tern, Tree Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Prairie Warbler.

Summer: Wood Duck, Green Heron, Glossy Ibis, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Royal Tern, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Barn Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole.

Fall: Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler.

Year-round: Canada Goose, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Black-backed Gull, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Goldfinch.

Parking:

Paved lot next to Nature Center.

Special Features:

There is active munitions testing in the area; see TIPS above for information on checking if the area is open on a particular day. ◾ Note that the Nature Center has very limited hours on Thursday afternoons. ◾ The local chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society is the Anne Arundel Bird Club, which offers field trips and meetings with informative programs, all free and open to the public.

Directions:

From US Route 50, take Exit 27 onto MD Route 450 southbound toward the Naval Academy. After 1.4 miles, turn left (southeast) onto MD Route 648/Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. In half-a-mile, continue straight (eastbound) onto Edgewood Road, which becomes Greenbury Point Road. Greenbury Point road will make a sharp turn to the right and become Bullard Boulevard. Continue straight ahead to a paved parking lot near the Nature Center on the right (south) side of the road, where McLean Road intersects on the left. This will put you at the top of the Greenbury peninsula.

Nearby Sites:

Sandy Point State Park; Fort Smallwood; Downs Memorial Park; Terrapin Nature Park; Ferry Point Park; Matapeake State Park (latter three are on Kent Island in Queen Anne’s County).

Habitats:

Bottomland DeciduousConifersHedgerows Hay Meadows, Pasture, Grass FieldOld Fields, Shrubby Meadows Forested SwampFreshwater Marsh or FloodplainFreshwater Pond, Lake, or ReservoirJetties & SeawallsMud Flats (Tidal or Non-Tidal)Open Ocean, Bay, or Estuary

Features:

BeginnersBicycle Trails (Bikes may be prohibited on some trails)Free - No Entry FeeHiking/Walking TrailsHuntingLake, Pond, Bay, River, OceanNative Plant Garden or Meadow/Pollinator PlantsParkingPets AllowedYoung People / Families

Type:

Chesapeake Bay Western ShoreCommunity and Urban ParksNature Centers