Greenbelt Park

Greenbelt, Maryland

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Secreted in Prince George’s County, well-wooded Greenbelt Park is a great place to get fresh air and exercise, take in seasonal color, walk with friends, and contemplate life. Located a dozen miles northeast of the White House, Greenbelt Park ranks as the second-largest nature preserve within the Capital Beltway (after Rock Creek Park). Covering 1,100 acres, it is nestled amid a grid of major highways and suburban streets. Most of it remains undeveloped, with picnic areas and a campground being its major attractions. But it’s also an attractive—if little-used—hiking locale. This hike is an easy 6.7-mile loop through the woods, with little elevation change. Each season offers an array of phenomena to observe. Only in a few places does the outside world intrude, and that’s mostly in the form of traffic noise near the park boundaries.
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)

Secreted in Prince George’s County, well-wooded Greenbelt Park is a great place to get fresh air and exercise, take in seasonal color, walk with friends, and contemplate life. Located a dozen miles northeast of the White House, Greenbelt Park ranks as the second-largest nature preserve within the Capital Beltway (after Rock Creek Park). Covering 1,100 acres, it is nestled amid a grid of major highways and suburban streets. Most of it remains undeveloped, with picnic areas and a campground being its major attractions.

But it’s also an attractive—if little-used—hiking locale. This hike is an easy 6.7-mile loop through the woods, with little elevation change. Each season offers an array of phenomena to observe. Only in a few places does the outside world intrude, and that’s mostly in the form of traffic noise near the park boundaries.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenbelt
Distance: 6.7 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5–3 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Camping, Birding
Local Contacts: Park’s on-site headquarters office, 301-344-3948, nps.gov/gree
Local Maps: National Park Service, tinyurl.com/greenbeltparkmap; sketch map in free park brochure
Driving Directions: Directions to Greenbelt Park

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