Greenbelt Park Picnic Areas

Greenbelt, Maryland

Overview

PICNIC AREAS CLOSED UNTIL 2020
Greenbelt Park is an urban oasis just 12 miles from Washington, D.C. This beautiful, wooded park is known for its peaceful surroundings and National Park Service hospitality.

Recreation

Ten miles of hiking trails meander through Greenbelt Park, including Perimeter, Azalea, Dogwood and Blueberry Trails. Sweetgum Picnic Area is located near the entrance of the park with playground equipment and public picnic tables. The Sweetgum PIcnic Area is on a first-come, first-served basis limited to groups of 24 people or less. The Holly Picnic Area is 1/2 mile walk to playground and open field.

Facilities

Greenbelt Park has two picnic areas available, ranging in capacity from 25-150 people per site, with restrooms, picnic tables, and barbeque grills. Park rangers, maintenance personnel and park police are on site if needed.

Natural Features

Situated in suburban Maryland, Greenbelt Park is forested with a pleasant mix of pine, oak and maple trees, which give way to a colorful autumn season. Mountain Laurel blooms throughout the park in May.

Still Creek flows through the park, where deer and chipmunks are commonly seen.

Nearby Attractions

Greenbelt Campground is surrounded by a myriad of fun and interesting attractions. Washington, D.C. and its famed historic sites are just 12 miles from Greenbelt. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens are 8 miles away. Goddard Space Flight Center is 3 miles from the park and the City of Greenbelt is 1 mile away. The Washington, D.C. Metro Transit System can be accessed 1.5 miles from the park, and major shopping centers are located within 1/2 mile away.

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