An Easy 6 Miles at Greenbelt Park! (Metro Accessible!)

  • December 8, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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 An Easy and Very Scenic Newbie Friendly 6 Miles in Greenbelt Park! Metro Accessible!

" Located a dozen miles northeast of the White House, Greenbelt Park ranks as the second largest nature preserve (after Rock Creek Park) within the Capital Beltway. Covering 1,100 acres, it nestles 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. Copyright 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC
Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trail Information
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenbelt
Length: 6 miles

Scenery:  Woodlands, stream valleys

Exposure: Lots of shade but of course less in winter

Trail Surface:Basically hard-packed dirt, rocky, rooty, or grassy in some place; boardwalked and bridged in wet places

Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy 
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park Hilton Area
Local Maps:USGS Beltsville; ADC Prince George's County

Facilities:Toilets, water near trailhead; toilets at Sweetgum picnic area near the park entrance 

Note to Leadership Team: Guide for this hike is in several of our sources including,  60 "Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC Hike, 2nd Edition", Hike Number 19; "Hikes in the Washington Region Part C: District of Columbia and Prince George's, Charles, and Calvert Counties in MD", Hike Number 11, or online using our groups Trails.com account. If you do not have one of these sources and are on the leadership team, contact Kellie so she can have it shipped to you. 

Pace Options
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience. This also allows us to offer a variety of hike paces and for this particular hike you have 2 to choose from which allows us to be put together with those of a similar pace. Paces should be not only based on your preference but also ability needs to be taken into consideration.

Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and/or transitioning to longer hikes and will be about 2.0mph.

Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph (most common pace).

PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly!

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine for this hike!
Click here for the up to the minute trail forecast!

Carpool Information
Savage Station Carpool
To carpool from Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. Click here for suggested carpool locations complete with directions. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Hike Meetup Time is 11:00 a.m.

Carpool Meetup Time for Savage Station 10:00 a.m.

Directions to the Trailhead

Click here for directions to this hike.

Gear Suggestions

Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette . We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

Fido is welcome on This Hike!

Let's have good times and see you on the trail!

Ken: [masked]

Bill M: [masked]

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  • Traci

    Nice, easy and close by! Great group of hikers! Thanks!

    December 8, 2012

  • Ken S

    Nice hike with a great group of hikers.

    1 · December 8, 2012

  • Shmuel

    A nice hike on a nice winter day, thank you Ken.

    December 8, 2012

  • Priyanga

    What a nice hike, thanks Ken for leading!

    December 8, 2012

  • Colette

    Good hike! Thanks.

    December 8, 2012

  • Kellie Carlisle

    If you are on the wait list and would like to go on the hike, you will get an e-mail as slots are available. It is a “first come first serve” for available slots. Open slots are open to everyone whether on the wait list or not, but the wait list will insure you are notified of open slots as well as letting me know to look for another leader if the hike can handle it. Click here for how to get off the wait list and RSVP “yes”, http://www.midatlantichiking.co...­ Hope this helps and enjoy the hike. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance as that is what I am here for.

    December 7, 2012

  • Priyanga

    I can offer a ride from Grosvenor metro station - let me know.

    December 3, 2012

    • M'Heeraw Kennedy

      Hi Priyanga, Is there room for one more? I would like to take you up on that offer.

      December 6, 2012

    • Priyanga

      Hi M'Heeraw - yes, room for you, sent you an email. Anyone else? Room for one more from Grosvenor...

      December 7, 2012

  • M'Heeraw Kennedy

    Is there people still offering rides? I need to carpool with someone. Thank you in advance :)

    December 6, 2012

  • C. Onuoha

    please add me to the wait list

    December 3, 2012

    • C. Onuoha

      Kellie-Thanks for responding, Ill do as advised in the hope that slots will become available

      December 3, 2012

    • Kellie Carlisle

      The wait list is not first come first serve so you have a VERY good chance of getting in. Here is how it works If you are on the wait list and would like to go on the hike, you will get an e-mail as slots are available. It is a “first come first serve” for available slots. Open slots are open to everyone whether on the wait list or not, but the wait list will insure you are notified of open slots as well as letting me know to look for another leader if the hike can handle it. Click here for how to get off the wait list and RSVP “yes”, http://www.midatlanti...­ Hope this helps and enjoy the hike. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance as that is what I am here for.

      December 4, 2012

  • nancy

    is my first time in hike group, I have just a questijon we meet in massachusetts av northwest? I good like to have the phone number of leadership, if is posible just in case! thanks!

    December 1, 2012

    • Ken S

      Nancy, Are you going on the Greenbelt Park hike where you posted your message? Mass Avenue is not our meeting place for that hike. Go to the hike's web page and click on the button underneath "Directions to the Trailhead" for the location where we will be meeting.

      December 1, 2012

    • Kellie Carlisle

      Hello Nancy, poease note that we always provide the number for the hike leader, or leaders for all of our hikes at the bottom of each listing. Hope that helps. But, if you still have any trouble, please contact me as I am here to help any way I can. I can be reached the best way via text at [masked]. Otherwise, if you have difficulties reaching me by phone, please leave a message and I WILL return your call. Just keep in mind that it is just me and over 10,000 members okay:)

      1 · December 3, 2012

  • Hiromi

    If someone could give me a ride, it would be great help. But not, I am going to walk from the Green Belt Metro staion. Does anyone join me?

    November 12, 2012

    • Mark Bulla

      I'll be driving the Greenbelt Metro station on the way to the hike, if you would still like a ride.

      December 3, 2012

  • Talya Gulman

    I can offer a ride from the College Park metro station.

    December 2, 2012

  • Kellie Carlisle

    If you are on the wait list and would like to go on the hike, you will get an e-mail as slots are available. It is a “first come first serve” for available slots. Open slots are open to everyone whether on the wait list or not, but the wait list will insure you are notified of open slots as well as letting me know to look for another leader if the hike can handle it. Click here for how to get off the wait list and RSVP “yes”, http://www.midatlantichiking.co...­ Hope this helps and enjoy the hike. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance as that is what I am here for.

    November 22, 2012

  • Mark Bulla

    Sorry - I was a rush to get my reservation in. I forgot to add "pace 2".

    November 7, 2012

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