Lake Artemesia Natural Area and Northeast Branch Trail

College Park, Maryland

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This flat hike is a refreshing excursion through suburban Maryland just northeast of Washington. It features landscaped parklands, a manmade lake, and a streamside trail. The trail that encircles the lake connects to the hiker-biker Northeast Branch Trail and can easily be modified to extend the distance. This hike encompasses two loops to walk the full perimeter of the lake. Lake Artemesia, located in Prince George’s County near College Park, consists of a 38-acre lake, a handicapped-accessible fishing pier, aquatic gardens, and several gazebos. Opened in 1992, Lake Artemesia Natural Area (named for Artemesia N. Drefs, a local resident) was created to repair damage to the natural landscape during the construction of the Washington Metro Green line. The lake has a healthy wildlife population, including deer, beavers, and amphibians.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

This flat hike is a refreshing excursion through suburban Maryland just northeast of Washington. It features landscaped parklands, a manmade lake, and a streamside trail. The trail that encircles the lake connects to the hiker-biker Northeast Branch Trail and can easily be modified to extend the distance. This hike encompasses two loops to walk the full perimeter of the lake.

Lake Artemesia, located in Prince George’s County near College Park, consists of a 38-acre lake, a handicapped-accessible fishing pier, aquatic gardens, and several gazebos. Opened in 1992, Lake Artemesia Natural Area (named for Artemesia N. Drefs, a local resident) was created to repair damage to the natural landscape during the construction of the Washington Metro Green line. The lake has a healthy wildlife population, including deer, beavers, and amphibians.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: College Park
Distance: 3.8 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Fishing
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, 301-627-7755, pgparks.com
Local Maps: USGS Washington East
Attractions: Parklands, water views
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Artemesia Natural Area and Northeast Branch Trail

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