Greenbelt Park - Sweetgum We meet in the Sweetgum Picnic Area parking lot. The Sweetgum lot has the benefit of having restrooms and is a large lot with 90 parking spaces.
After you enter the park, continue driving until you reach a 'T' intersection (there is a stop sign). At the 'T' intersection, there will also be a wooden park sign across the road in front of you indicating for you to turn right to reach the "Sweetgum Pic. Area" (where we meet). Take a right turn (follow the signs directions) and drive less than a mile and take the first opportunity to turn left which should be the entrance to the Sweetgum Picnic Area which is where we meet. Note: The Sweetgum lot will be the first road on your left that you can make after turning back at the stop sign at the 'T' intersection. Additionally, as a point of reference, the lot is within the first half mile after making the turn back at the ’T' intersection (stop sign) and there is also a wooden sign indicating where to turn left to enter the Sweetgum Picnic Area. Driving Directions: From I-95 South and Other Points South: Take Exit 23 Route 201 Kenilworth Avenue South (toward Bladensburg). (this will be a left). Drive on Kenilworth Avenue (Route 201). Once crossing over I-95, you will see a sign for Route 193 Greenbelt Road. Veer right to take Route 193 East. Take a left on Greenbelt Road. (Greenbelt Road is Route 193 and is an overpass over Route 201) The park entrance is a quarter mile on the right side of Greenbelt Road across from a Fridays restaurant and a Marriott Courtyard hotel. Upon entering the park, follow the directions at the top of this page to the Sweetgum Picnic Area lot, which is where we meet for this hike.
From I-95 North and Other Points North: Take Exit 23 Route 201 Kenilworth Avenue South (toward Bladensburg). Upon exiting I-95, take a right on Route 201 (Southbound). Veer right and you will see Route 193, Greenbelt Road. Take a left on Greenbelt Road. (Greenbelt Road is an overpass over Route 201 that is also known as Route 193.) The park is a quarter mile on the right side of Greenbelt Road across from a Fridays restaurant and a Marriott Courtyard hotel. Upon entering the park, follow the directions at the top of this page to the Sweetgum Picnic Area lot, which is where we meet for this hike. From Washington, D.C.: Take (Route 295) Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Take Greenbelt Road west (the exit right after I-95). Veer right onto Route 193 Greenbelt Road west. The Greenway shopping center will be on the left. Proceed on Route 193 Greenbelt Road west. The park is on the left side at the 2nd traffic light across from a Fridays restaurant, Capitol Cadillac, and a Marriott Courtyard hotel. Upon entering the park, follow the directions at the top of this page to the Sweetgum Picnic Area lot, which is where we meet for this hike. From Baltimore, Maryland: Take (Route 295) Baltimore-Washington Parkway south. Take Greenbelt Road Route 193 west ( the exit right before I-95) Upon exiting the parkway, take a left at the stop light (there is a Citgo gas station at the intersection). Veer right on Route 193 Greenbelt Road west. The park is on the left hand side at the 2nd traffic light across from a Fridays restaurant, Capitol Cadillac, and a Marriott Courtyard hotel. Upon entering the park, follow the directions at the top of this page to the Sweetgum Picnic Area lot, which is where we meet for this hike. Public Transportation: There is no public transportation to, or in, Greenbelt Park. NOTE: Please remember to take the leader(s) number(s) with you but please respect the fact that we are all volunteers and there is often no cell coverage at trailheads and varies according to service provider. If you call very close to hike time, please understand that we are very busy with pre-hike preparations for ourselves in addition to group sign in, pre-hike briefing, and then leading the hike. It is also very difficult to provide instructions to someone while following them too, hence providing very detailed directions on this separate page. Leaders are advised to not answer phones once a hike is started so we don't miss a turn on the trail due to the distraction of a call. Thank you for your understanding and see you there!

 

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