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Greenbelt Park is a retreat from the pressures of city life and a refuge for native plants and animals just twelve miles from Washington, D.C.

Greenbelt Park has a 174 site campground open all year round.

The staff of Greenbelt Park salute all the police, firefighters, and rescue personnel involved for their hard work and dedication.

Long before colonial settlers appeared here, trees and flowers covered these rolling hills and wildlife roamed the woodlands. Algonquin Indians hunted this land in competition with other smaller tribes. A balance existed between the land and its plants, animals, and native people. Then the colonists arrived. Trees fell and forests gave way to farmland. Wildlife retreated to the frontier. For the next 150 years, people cleared the land, plowed the fields, and planted tobacco, corn, and other crops. The rich fertile soil returned high yields. The people did not give back to the land as much as they took. The land wore out, producing less each season and farming ceased. The land was left bare and defenseless. Erosion caused many scars before nature could slow the process with new growth. Since the early 1900's the land has been recovering.. Today the mixed pine and decidious forest testifies to the land's ability to recover. The land of Greenbelt Park was acquired by the National Park Service in 1950 under Public Law 643.

   

CONTACTS

Email - kevin_barry@nps.gov

Fax- 301-344-1012

Write to
6565 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone
Headquarters - 301-344-3948
Visitor Information - 301-344-3944

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
The Park Headquarters is open Monday - Friday 8 -4.

The Winter hours for the Ranger Station: Open Seven days a week 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Getting There
PLANE - National Airport is 17 miles away. There is a Metro subway stop at the airport.

Baltimore-Washington Airport is 21 miles from the park. There is no public transportation available to the park.

CAR - Take Exit 23 (Route 201)Kenilworth Avenue South to (Route 193)Greenbelt Road East. The park is a quarter mile on the right. The park address is 6565 Greenbelt Road (Route 193).

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - The University of Md/College Park Metro station is a 2.5 mile walk to the campground. The F-6 bus headed toward the New Carrollton Metro station runs on weekdays only. Tell the driver to let you off near Parkdale High School. There is a entrance with parking area. Take the paved trail to the chain linked fence and take a left. The Ranger Station is two hundred yards on your right.

The Greenbelt Metro station is 3 miles from the park. It has a very large parking lot. We recommend that you drive to the Greenbelt Metro instead of driving to Washington, D.C. because of the lack of parking especially on weekdays.

Accessibility
The greenbelt campground has handicapped parking spaces and are near the handicapped accessible bathroom. Each bathroom in the park including campground and picnic areas is handicapped accessible.


CAMPING

Greenbelt Park
Make Reservations by Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP
Open All Year
The 174 site campground is open all year. There are no electrical or water hookups available. There are hot showers, bathroom facilities and a dump station available to registered campers.

FACILITIES

HOLLY PICNIC AREA
Open All Year 8:00 a.m. to dusk
Phone - 301-344-3948
Location - The Holly Picnic Area is located near the entrance of the park. When entering the park, proceed to the stop sign. Make a left turn and the holly picnic area is on your right hand side.
Available Facilities - The Holly Picnic Area can accomodate up to 200 people. There are 99 parking spaces. There are picnic tables and a bathroom. A Recreation Fee is charged according to the number of particpants. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park. Amplified music and loud use on any audio device is not permitted. The park does not provide electric power and portable generators are prohibited. Amusements such as pony rides, any type of balloons, and moon bounces may not be used in the park. If you plan any special activites that require equipment, please discuss it when reserving the area and have the activity wriiten on the permit. Refunds will only be allowed if the permitee notifies the park in writing atleast fourteen days prior to the reserved date. Refunds will not be made for rain or inclement weather. There are no covered pavillions in the picnic area. The park encourages everyone to come see the area in person before reserving it.

LAUREL PICNIC AREA
Open All Year 8:00 a.m. to Dusk
Phone - 301-344-3948
Location - The Laurel Picnic area is just past the Holly Picnic Area. When entering the park, proceed to the stop sign. Make a left turn at the stop sign and drive past the Holly Picnic Area. The entrance to the Laurel Picnic Area is located on the right hand side of the road. There is a sign stating 'Laurel Picnic Area'.
Available Facilities - The Laurel Picnic Area can accomodate up to 100 people. There are 99 parking spaces. There are picnic tables and a bathroom. A Recreation fee is charged according to the number of participants. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park. Amplified music and loud use on any audio device is not permitted. The park does not provide electric power and portable generators are prohibited. Amusements such as pony rides, any type of balloons, and moon bounces may not be used in the park. If you are planning any special activities that require equipment, please discuss it when reserving the area and have the special activity wriiten on the permit. Refunds will only be allowed if the permitee notifies the park in writing atleast fourteen days prior to the reserved date. Refunds will not be made for rain or inclement weather. There are no covered pavillions in the picnic area. The park staff encourages everyone to come see the area before reserving it.

SWEETGUM PICNIC AREA
Open All Year 8:00 a.m. to Dusk
Phone - 301-344-3948
Location - Sweetgum Picnic Area is located near the entrance of the park. Upon entering the park, proceed to the stop sign. Make a right hand turn and the Sweetgum Picnic Area is the first left.
Special Programs - Any SPECIAL programs should contact the park headquarters for permit and prior approval.
Available Facilities - Sweetgum Picnic Area is a first-come first serve picnic area. There are two sets of playground equipment, a baseball field with backstop, and a large field . There is a limit of 4 tables and 24 people per group so that everyone may enjoy this area. There are picnic tables and a bathroom in this area.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Greenbelt Park.
 Campgrounds Near Greenbelt Park:
Greenbelt Park National ParkS, Hyattsville, 2 miles away
Cherry Hill Park, College Park, 4 miles away
Scotts Cove Campground, Howard County, 7 miles away
R. M. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, 9 miles away
Sports International, Columbia, 11 miles away
Andrews AFB, Andrews Air Force Base, 12 miles away
Camp Meade RV Park, Fort George G Meade, 12 miles away
 Marinas Near Greenbelt Park:
James Creek Marina, Washington , 12 miles away
Seafarers Boat Club, Washington , 12 miles away
Washington Marina, Washington , 12 miles away
Leatherbury Point Marina, Crofton , 13 miles away
Herrington Harbour Marina, Upper Marlboro , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Greenbelt Park:
Holiday Inn WASHINGTON D.C.-GREENBELT MD, Greenbelt , 1 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC-Greenbelt, Greenbelt , 1 miles away
Courtyard Greenbelt, Greenbelt , 1 miles away
Residence Inn Greenbelt, Greenbelt , 1 miles away
Greenbelt Marriott, Greenbelt , 1 miles away
Best Western Capital Beltway, Lanham , 2 miles away
Red Roof Inn Washington DC-Lanham, Lanham , 2 miles away
 Trails Near Greenbelt Park:
White Horse Trail, District of Columbia County , 11 miles away
Valley Trail, District of Columbia County , 11 miles away
Western Ridge Trail, District of Columbia County , 12 miles away
Rock Creek Park Bike Trail, District of Columbia County , 12 miles away
Swamp Trail, District of Columbia County , 14 miles away
 Beaches Near Greenbelt Park:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia County , 12 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Greenbelt Park:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 53 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 93 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Whitewater Near Greenbelt Park:
Anacostia River, Prince Georges County , 6 miles away, Class I - 10 miles long (Highway 3 to Potomac)
Anacostia River - Northwest Branch, Prince Georges Montgomery County , 10 miles away, Class I-III(V+) - 8 miles long (US Route 29 to Hyattsville)
Little Patuxent River, Howard County , 11 miles away, Class I-IV - 7 miles long (US Route 29 to US Route 1)
Rock Creek, n a County , 12 miles away, Class II-III+(V) - 4 miles long (Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam)
Rock Creek, DC County , 13 miles away, Class I-III - 4 miles long (Military Road to Potomac River in D.)
 Public Lands Near Greenbelt Park:
Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington - MD , 15 miles away
Glen Echo Park, McLean - VA , 17 miles away
Great Falls Park, McLean - VA , 21 miles away
Rosaryville State Park, Maryland , 12 miles away
Cedarville State Forest, Maryland , 18 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 23 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Greenbelt Park:
Paint Branch Golf Course, College Park , 4 miles away
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Golf, College Park , 4 miles away
University Of Md Golf Club, College Park , 4 miles away
Cross Creek Golf Club, Beltsville , 5 miles away
University Of Maryland Golf Course, College Park , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Greenbelt Park
Greenbelt Lake, Prince George's County , 1 miles away
Burba Lake, Anne Arundel County , 11 miles away
Triadelphia Reservoir, Howard County , 14 miles away
Tridelphia Reservoir, Montgomery County , 14 miles away
Lake Needwood, Montgomery County , 18 miles away

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