Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the bathrooms ? There are public bathrooms in the Sweetgum Picnic Area and the Ranger station near the campground entrance. There are bathrooms in each loop of the campground for campers use only.

Are you open year round? Yes, we are open year round.

How do I reserve a site in the campground ? Call 1-877-444-6777. or reserve online at http://www.recreation.gov
We take reservations year round.

Is the campground safe?
Yes! The U.S. Park Police patrol the park and have its District 5 headquarters at the entrance of the park. Park personnel such as rangers and maintenance personnel are in the campground in the daytime. Campground Hosts represent the park at night . It is always good to take precautions such as storing valuables in a safe place and securing your camper or tents when not at the campsite.

Is it easy to get to the park? Yes we are right off I-95 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway.
Our address is 6565 Greenbelt Road Greenbelt, Maryland 20770.
Many visitor take advantage of the map services on the Internet.

Call the park if needed:
Park Headquarters 301-344-3948
Ranger Station 301-344-3944
U.S. Park Police 301-344-4250

Are dogs allowed in the park?
Yes, dogs are allowed in the park. The park does have a leash law. Please clean up after your pet in respect or other visitors to the park.

What should I do if I am walking the trails and notice a tree across the trail?
Please call us at 301-344-3948 to report the downed tree.
You can also e-mail us and we will forward the e-mail to the maintenance crew.|

Why haven't I heard about Greenbelt Park or the Greenbelt Park campground ? Since we are a federal government agency, we cannot spend taxpayer dollars on advertisements. We rely on word of mouth, Internet, and campground directories. We are a hidden jewel of the National Park Service.

Are there hot showers in the campground? Yes, there is a shower in each loop but not each bathroom.

Is there firewood available in the campground ? No. Please bring in store bought firewood. Because of the emerald ash borer issue, we do not allow firewood brought in from other parks or home.

Are there park programs available ? Yes depending on staffing levels. Please check the schedule online or at the Ranger Station in the park.

I have some time on my hands and would like to help the park. What can I do? There are many volunteer opportunities such as invasive plant removal days, service projects, and spring and summer cleanup days.

Click here to check out the volunteer page on the latest opportunities. The volunteeer page is listed under Support Your Park.

Do you have trails in the park? Yes there are four different trails in the park ranging from one mile to six miles. All the trails are included in the brochure.

Does the campground fill ? It has come pretty close on Memorial Day weekends. It is pretty busy when numerous Boy Scout troops reserve ahead but at this time, we do not fill.

Why do you have a Organized Group Loop? It was decided to separate the campers from the scouts and other organized groups. It seems to be a Win-Win situation for everyone. Campers can enjoy the peace and quiet. Organized groups can camp together.

How do I reserve the Organized group sites for my Scout troop, Pathfinder group or other organized group ? You can now book organized groups through Recreation.gov. There is a link on our home page.

Who can I write to for complaints or compliments about the park or campground? Our Park Address Greenbelt Park 6565 Greenbelt Road Greenbelt, Maryland 20770 or use the Contact Us for email.

How close is the nearest Metro station?
College Park Metro is about two miles away. They have built a brand new five story parking garage located right next to the station. There is also a parking area to the left of the station if your vehicle is too large for the parking garage. No RV's are allowed in either lot. There are directions at the ranger station.

Can I park my RV at a Metro Station? Yes RV's can park at the Greenbelt Metro Station. It is somewhat difficult to get to. It is ONLY accessible from I-95 Southbound past Route 1. It is an oversized parking area on the south side of the parking lot. To get to the RV lot, Take I-95 North to Route 1 College Park/ Laurel exit. Take Route 1 South (College Park) to the I-95 South exit (right there at the I-95 and Route 1 interchange). Take I-95 South to the Greenbelt Metro Station exit. Follow the signs to the oversized lot. This lot is not accessible from Cherrywood Lane.

Can I reserve any picnic areas in Greenbelt Park?
Yes, Holly and Laurel picnic areas can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777. or reserving online at http://www.recreation.gov . They can be reserved from May 1 to October 1.

Can I ride my bikes on the trails? Since we are a National Park, our mission is to preserve this area for future generations as well as protect the wildlife as a resource. The trails are not wide enough to safely allow the interaction of hikers and bicyclists. We appreciate the bicyclists helping us preserve the trails by riding on surfaced roads only.
Fort Dupont Park does hiker-biker trails.

Do you have a Friends group?
No the park does not have a Friends group but there is a Friends of Still Creek. Still Creek is the watershed that runs through Greenbelt Park. Please contact Bill Duncan at 301-345-6515 to find out how you can help the Still Creek watershed.

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