Greenbelt Park

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Greenbelt Park
National Park (IUCN II)
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Sign at the main entrance into the park.
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's
Location
 - coordinates 38°59′21″N 76°53′54″W / 38.98917°N 76.89833°W / 38.98917; -76.89833Coordinates: 38°59′21″N 76°53′54″W / 38.98917°N 76.89833°W / 38.98917; -76.89833
Area[1] 1,176 acres (476 ha)
Highest point
 - elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Lowest point
 - elevation 25 ft (8 m)
Founded 1950 [2]
Managed by National Park Service
Nearest city Greenbelt
Locator Red.svg
Location of Greenbelt Park in Maryland
Location of Greenbelt Park in Maryland
Website : Greenbelt Park

Greenbelt Park, located in Greenbelt, Maryland, is managed by the United States National Park Service. The forested park lies approximately 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Washington, D.C., and is situated just within the Capital Beltway (which bounds the park to the northeast). The park land was originally intended to form part of the green belt surrounding the city of Greenbelt. The southern portion was assigned to the National Park Service, thus forming the park, while another section became part of the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC).

Recreational facilities include a 5.3 mile (8.5 km) mile hiking and equestrian trail, several shorter nature trails, numerous campsites, and three picnic areas.

The park received its National Park designation in 1950, and was acquired along with the land that would form the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The parkway divides the park in a roughly north-south direction. Nearly all of the park's facilities are located within the larger western portion (the eastern portion has one fire road).

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