Greenbelt Park

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Greenbelt Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Sign at the main entrance into the park.
Map showing the location of Greenbelt Park
Map showing the location of Greenbelt Park
Location of Greenbelt Park in Maryland
LocationPrince George's, Maryland, United States
Coordinates38°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
Area1,176 acres (4.76 km2)
Established1950 [1]
Governing bodyNational Park Service
WebsiteGreenbelt 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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