The hiking areas are not paved. The trails and maps are clearly marked.we went in May and the bugs were not present. Tick and mosquito precautions are recommended. Had a one month and 70+ hiker and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Stayed here on a road trip from MA to PA to DC. Was nice to sleep in the "woods" for a night. Wasn't the easiest place to navigate at night to find spots that weren't reserved. The ranger station was closed so we couldn't talk to anyone to see what sites were open. The facilities were clean, the shower was a bit cold in November!
The park is located away from the camping grounds. It has two play grounds, several picnic tables and a bathroom. The bathroom is a average out door bathroom with no A.C. and the floor always seems to be wet, but I never had an issue with no toliet paper. The trails are maintained. You could tell there was even some work in progress spots. Wish there were some doggie bag stations just for the trash can. The trail comes close to the road enough times that it could be a great add for a visitor who brings pets and staff would not have to hike in to hike out a bag of garbage.
Our layout - May 28 (memorial day)- 30th. Tent camping for 3 nights with 3 kids ages 12, 10, and 8. Campground was mostly empty, 1 other tenter and 3 RVs
1. Easy Check in - drive to your reserved site and done. If you just pull in with no reservation then you'll have to call or go online. Money is never taken at the campground, as it's a national park.
2. It's a National Park - which means you're supporting your national parks, they have interpretive programs and junior ranger for the kids!
3. The BEST PART - it's proximity to DC, whether you choose to drive or use the train it's soooo easy (take the train)
Time for the BAD
1. Cleanliness - this is why this campground gets such low marks. The bathrooms are disgusting…even after they are "cleaned". This was not our first stay here, each time they have been disgusting. We used baby wipes.
2. No hook ups - even with tent camping we like to be plugged in but no RV services are offered here.
3. No playground - There are hiking trails but really nothing for the kids to do in the campground itself.
4. Overall care of the facility - tall grass in the campgrounds means more ticks and other bugs. Just has a general neglected feel.
If you are camping by Washington D.C., this is the place. A great deal At $20 / night compared to another one i will leave unnamed at $90/ night….OUCH! Greenbelt campground has 4 loops (A, B, C, D)A is for scouts group camp, B & C for tents and small RVs due to tight turns and low hanging trees. D is for anything over 30 ft. There is lots of shade trees & trails here. It is primitive but there are bathhouses conveniently located with plenty of water spigots in the loop. If you don't use reserve america to book a site, there is a self check-in option for walk -ups by ranger station. The Metro station is nearby (@ 2 miles) to catch a train into D.C. for sightseeing.