Lake Artemesia Trail

Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Maryland 20737

Elevation Gain99ft
Trailhead Elevation47ft
Elevation Min/Max45/54ft
Elevation Start/End47/47ft

Lake Artemesia Trail

Lake Artemesia Trail is a hiking trail in College Park, Maryland. It is within Lake Artemesia Natural Area. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 47 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 99 feet. The Lake Artemesia water can be seen along the trail. There are also a viewpoint, restrooms, and drinking water along the trail.

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Washington, D.C. (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Stephen Mauro and Beth Homicz
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"This peaceful, mostly level hike meanders through hardwood forests, wetlands, and the domains of birds both live and mechanical. A birding trail, fishing piers, and plenty of resting places at the lake make this an enjoyable trip of discovery for all ages."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC (Menasha Ridge Press)
Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper
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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."
Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jennifer Chambers
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"On the other side of the railroad tracks from the University of Maryland is an oasis of nature within the suburban jungle of Prince Georges County. Named after Artemesia Dref, who donated ten lots for green space in 1972, this park is an incredible gift to the neighboring communities of Berwyn Heights and College Park and an island of refuge for migrating and native birds. Inside the gated park, the paved trail circles the two finger-like lakes that are connected by an inlet. Linking the outside 1.4-mile loop is an extension via a bridge onto a peninsula furnished with bathrooms, a floating dock, a raised gazebo to observe waterfowl, and a stage with grassy steps perfect for summertime concerts. In addition to these amenities."

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Trail Information

Lake Artemesia Natural Area
Nearby City
Lake Artemesia Natural Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Additional Use
Prince Georges County Department of Parks and Recreation/Lake Artemesia
Local Contacts
None available online or at the park
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