At a Glance

Hours: Monday-Friday: 5 am — 11 pm; Saturday: 5 am — 11:00 pm; Sunday: 5 am — 11 pm. Restrooms close at dusk.

Cost: Free.

Tips: Port-a-potties at parking lot.

Best Seasons: Winter and Spring.

Local MOS Chapters: Patuxent Bird Club

Greenbelt Lake Municipal Park (Buddy Attick Lake Park)

555 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 627-7755

Greenbelt Lake Municipal Park, also known as Buddy Attick Lake Park, has been part of the city of Greenbelt, a planned community from the New Deal projects of the 1930’s, since its inception. The park is centered on the 23-acre Greenbelt Lake, impounded by a dam at its west end, narrowing downstream to a rivulet.  A 2-mile packed-earth trail circumnavigates it, making for a pleasant level walk, albeit muddy in places in early spring. Mature trees line the path most of the way around. In nice weather, the upper end is a favorite recreation area for dog walkers, frisbee, kids – and can be crowded. But the farther reaches of the trail around the lake are less frequented.

In addition to the lake and the surrounding woodlands, the park contains some brushy habitat and a good variety of native shrubs that provide berries and seeds to support birds, and there is a pollinator garden.  Visitor amenities include are picnic pavilions with grills, tables and benches, a paved court area, tot lot, and playground, and restrooms.

Birdlife:

180 species have been reported on eBird from Buddy Attick Lake Park. In winter, there is a good variety of ducks and loons, with an occasional rarity.  The relatively small lake provides a rare opportunity to see Canvasbacks and Redheads and American Wigeons up close. The wooded trail can be good for migrant passerines in spring and fall. Breeding birds include Wood Duck and the ubiquitous Canada Goose.  Rusty Blackbirds are a specialty of the park, and can be seen along the lake edge in early spring, rooting around in fallen leaves and probing in the mud.

Parking:

Gravel lot at entrance. Note that part of the gravel lot is designated as a permit area and is set aside for local residents with permits. DO NOT PARK IN THE PERMIT AREA if you do not have a permit (only available to Greenbelt residents)

Special Features:

Part of the lakeside trail is appropriate for wheelchairs. ◾ There is a pollinator garden near the park entrance. ◾ Canoeing and kayaking are permitted on the lake. Bring your own, as no rentals are available. ◾ The local chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society is the Patuxent Bird Club, which offers field trips and meetings with informative programs, all free and open to the public.

Directions:

From the Capital Beltway/I-495, either northbound or southbound: Take Exit 23-B (Kenilworth Avenue/Greenbelt Road). When you come off the ramp, make a right at the stop light onto Kenilworth Avenue/MD Route 202. Go to the first stop light and make a right onto Crescent Road. The park entrance is up the hill, the first right. You will see a big wooden sign indicating the park.

Nearby Sites:

Lake Artemesia Natural Area; Fran Uhler Natural Area; Patuxent Research Refuge – South Tract

Habitats:

Bottomland DeciduousConifersHedgerows Garden or ParkLawn, Ballfields, Golf CourseUrban or Small Town Landscape Old Fields, Shrubby Meadows Forested SwampFreshwater Marsh or FloodplainFreshwater Pond, Lake, or ReservoirRivers & Streams

Features:

Ball Fields or Other SportsBeginnersBicycle Trails (Bikes may be prohibited on some trails)FishingFree - No Entry FeeHiking/Walking TrailsLake, Pond, Bay, River, OceanNative Plant Garden or Meadow/Pollinator PlantsParkingPets AllowedPicnic AreaPlaygroundRestroomsWheelchair Accessible FeaturesYoung People / Families

Type:

Community and Urban Parks