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Camping at Greenbelt Park
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Camping at Greenbelt Park
Description - Oftentimes this 1,078-acre park is described as an urban oasis. At one time, Algonquain Indians who fished the streams and hunted the forests inhabited the land. When colonists claimed the land they chopped down all the trees denuding the land for agricultural purposes. By the late 1800s, all wooded areas had vanished. Erosion and lack of wise agricultural practices left the land void of nutrients and wildlife. Washington, D.C.'s urban sprawl was booming about the same time, the early 1900s. The land was abandoned by corn and tobacco farmers and was destined to become a housing project. A variety of occurrences left the project defunct, thus the land became part of the National Agricultural Research Center. By the early 1950s, the National Park Service administered the parcel, which is now Greenbelt Park.

Reforestation has left urbanites a wonderful playland lush with dogwood, mountain laurel, azalea, oak, hickory, sweetgum, beech, and poplar while providing habitat for resident white-tailed deer, red foxes, raccoons, squirrels, groundhogs, and 320 species of birds.

Attractions - Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding dominate nine miles of trails. Three large picnic areas, complete with shelters, stay busy three seasons of the year, yet are available all four seasons.

Greenbelt Park has an amazing amount of wildlife in spite of its urban location. Three habitats contribute to the park's wildlife: scrub, upland forest and riparian forest.

Contact the park office for details about nature walks and interpretive programs.

Recreation - There are variety of recreations available at Greenbelt Park including picnicking, camping, backpacking, biking, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, interpretive programs, nature walks, and wildlife viewing.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - The park is located 12 miles from Washington, D.C. 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).

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great campground! It is very safe and a great park service staff.

Filed By: mr camper
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is the best secret! Camping for only $14. This campground has nice bathrooms and showers. It's very safe as well. Rangers and Hosts were very informative.

Filed By: john reynolds (hamilton, ontario)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: camping on west side of any loop means train whesles and police sirons, great location for interstates and siteseaing

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Contact Information:
Greenbelt Park, 6565 Greenbelt Road , Greenbelt Road, MD, 20770, Phone: 301-344-3948, Fax: 301-344-1012

Additional Information:
Capital Region - The Capital Region of Maryland is as diverse as the people that inhabit the area stretching from the agricultural lands bordering Pennsylvania and continuing south past the United States Capital City and down into the Atlantic Coastal Plain.
Maryland's National Park Service Sites - Maryland has twenty separate parcels of national lands including a battlefield, historic sites, national monuments, woodland parks, canals, and multi-state trail.
National Capital Parks-East - National Capital Parks-East offers a wide array of historic, natural, and recreational areas of that are a part of Washington, D.C. and its eastern environs.

Greenbelt Park - Official agency website.
Greenbelt Park - Official agency website


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