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The Very Scenic Greenbelt Park! An Easy 5.3 - 6.4 Mile Hike

  • 6 days ago · 10:00 AM
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Greenbelt Park! An Easy and Very Scenic/Newbie-Friendly 5.3-Mile Hike 

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, so 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: 5.3 - 6.4 miles
Scenery: Woodlands, stream valleys
Exposure: Lots of shade but less in winter when leaves are off the trees
Trail Surface: Basically hard-packed dirt, rocky, rooty, or grassy in some places; board walked and bridged in wet places
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Greenbelt
Local Maps: USGS Beltsville; ADC Prince George's County
Facilities: Toilets and water are available near trailhead; toilets at Sweetgum picnic area near the park entrance.

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
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 for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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 to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular place, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. 

For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station — 9:00 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization'smission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there.


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  • Bob W.

    Great hike. Great trail. Thanks Wayne.

    5 days ago

  • Mark L.

    Great! I was able to do as much hiking as I'd anticipated. The trail was dry and in good shape.

    6 days ago

  • Deborah E. G.

    Very delightful hike on a very pleasant, Spring-like day. Thanks, Wayne!

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Wayne M.

    It was a perfect day for a hike. Thanks everyone for the enjoyable hike. And a special thank you to Linda for being our sweep, she ensured that no one got left behind.

    1 · 6 days ago

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    1 · 6 days ago

  • Catherine l.

    Thanks for leading the hike Wayne 🤗 The pace was perfect

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Elena

    Great hike - thank you, Wayne!

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Mark L.

    Friday night
    See you in the morning. The temperature at 10:00am is forecast to be 48 degrees, and should keep rising for the next five hours to 65 degrees.

    1 · February 17

  • Wayne M.

    Hi everyone. I am Wayne Martin and I will be the hike leader for our Greenbelt Park 5 mile hike on 2/18 at 10 am. Make sure that you take my phone number [masked]) with you just in case you can't find our group. Also, if you don't think you can attend the hike, please cancel your RSVP so that your spot will become available for someone else. See you tomorrow at the trailhead.

    February 17

  • Barbara G

    Is there a waiting list?

    February 17

    • Wayne M.

      No, there isn't a waiting list because the Meetup WEB site doesn't allow waitlists for events that charge a fee.

      February 17

  • Linda G.

    Wayne, If someone bails, could you add my name to this list? Thank you, Linda

    February 17

    • Wayne M.

      Hi Linda. When a spot opens up, you will have to join the hike yourself. I can't add you to the hike because I am not allowed to put charges on your credit card.

      February 17

  • Sonya

    Conflict came up. Have fun!

    1 · February 15

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Your organizer's refund policy for The Very Scenic Greenbelt Park! An Easy 5.3 - 6.4 Mile Hike

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 2 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Refund if you update your RSVP BEFORE 48 hours of this event. Visit for MAHG mission or click 'Pages' tab above. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization & donations (not fees) ARE Tax Deductible-Tax ID: 47-5141831

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