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