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Greenbelt Ranger Station near the campground closed until June 1
The Greenbelt Ranger Station near the campground is Closed until June 1 for repairs. The Greenbelt Park Headquarters will be open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Visitors to the campground can stop by the Park Headquarters for assistance.
History & Culture
Long before colonial settlers appeared here, trees and flowers covered these rolling hills and wildlife roamed the woodlands.
Algonquin Indians hunted this land in competition with other smaller tribes. A balance existed between the land and its plants, animals, and native people.
Then the colonists arrived. Trees fell and forests gave way to farmland. Wildlife retreated to the frontier. For the next 150 years, people cleared the land, plowed the fields, and planted tobacco, corn, and other crops. The rich fertile soil returned high yields.
The people did not give back to the land as much as they took. The land wore out, producing less each season and farming ceased. The land was left bare and defenseless. Erosion caused many scars before nature could slow the process with new growth.
Since the early 1900's the land has been recovering.
Today the mixed pine and decidious forest testifies to the land's ability to recover.
The land of Greenbelt Park was acquired by the National Park Service in 1950 under Public Law 643.
Did You Know?
Tents and trailers used the Holly and Laurel Picnic Areas before the Greenbelt Park campground was built.
The camping areas in Greenbelt Park, Maryland were constructed in 1965 and 1966 as a part of Mission 66.