Prince George's Urban Farmland Ramble

Greenbelt, Maryland

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Just like Prince William Forest Park, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center provides an oasis of green in a rapidly urbanizing area. Whereas the park offers a pristine look at acres of woodlands, the research center preserves another vanishing landscape: that of the American farm. As the center says in its own brochure, “From the air, the center looks like a 9-mile-long, 4-mile-wide quilted blanket of green fields, pastures, and orchards.” All this can be found only 15 miles northeast of the city. Along with the quiet roads, this makes the center a favorite both for bike racers in training and day-trippers coming from the neighboring University of Maryland. Things to see: Rustic farm buildings, fields, ponds, log cabin, and creeks.
Road Biking Washington, D.C.

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Road Biking Washington, D.C.

by Michael Leccese & Rolf Pemberton (Falcon Guides)

Just like Prince William Forest Park, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center provides an oasis of green in a rapidly urbanizing area. Whereas the park offers a pristine look at acres of woodlands, the research center preserves another vanishing landscape: that of the American farm.

As the center says in its own brochure, “From the air, the center looks like a 9-mile-long, 4-mile-wide quilted blanket of green fields, pastures, and orchards.” All this can be found only 15 miles northeast of the city. Along with the quiet roads, this makes the center a favorite both for bike racers in training and day-trippers coming from the neighboring University of Maryland. Things to see: Rustic farm buildings, fields, ponds, log cabin, and creeks.

©  Michael Leccese & Rolf Pemberton/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Greenbelt
Distance: 15
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 90 minutes
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Prince George's Urban Farmland Ramble

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