This article will inform the reader where the best picnic spots are in the Washington Metropolitan area.
First of all, consider Fort Washington Park . I have visited Fort Washington and the view of the Potomac River is stunning. You can view the Potomac River near the visitor center. Also at the park, there are small tables and grills for small groups of 14 people or less. If you want to picnic with a group of 15 or more, a picnic permit is required. For more information call (301) 763-4600 (you must be 18 years or older) or you can drop by the visitor center during the parks hours of operation. Refunds are not made regardless of weather conditions. The group picnic area is available for your use rain or shine. All damages made on the reserved area of the park are the responsibility of the permit holder.
For more information go to the web page www.nps.gov/fowa .
Also consider Greenbelt Park . This is a National Park that is located 23 miles from Baltimore MD and contains 1,100 acres of oak, maple and old pine trees. I did my Cooperative Education requirements for the University of Maryland University College and enjoyed learning about the different shrubs and trees as well as animal life in the park. In addition, I enjoyed learning about the muscle tree, holly bushes and ferns at the park.
It is a great place to picnic too. There are three picnic areas at the park. The sweet gum picnic area is an unreserved site. It is located at the entrance of the park and is available as a first come first serve basis. Near the site, there are two sets of playground equipment, a baseball field with blacktop and large field. Also there are picnic tables and a restroom. The park states that “there is a limit of four people per group and four tables so that everyone should enjoy the park.”
The park is open from dawn to dusk. Also the ranger station is open from 8 am to 3:45 p.m. Excluding January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. You can contact the park at (301) 344-3948. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/gree .
Last but not least consider picnicking at Cosca National Park in Clinton Maryland , which is located by Andrews Air Force Base. I grew up picnicking there and enjoyed playing on the playground equipment. Also located in the park is a lake where you can paddle boat. There is also a nature center located at the park. You can contact the nature center at (301) 446-6800.
To make reservations call 301-446-6800. Also for more information go to http://www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Cosca_Regional_Park.htm .
So consider picnicing at one of these parks described in this article. You will be glad you did.