Situated in the city of College Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Lake Artemesia Natural Area is a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers alike. The lake itself is man-made, created in the early 1900s as a reservoir for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, but it has been transformed over the years into a beautiful oasis. Information can be found here.
The area around the lake is a mix of grassy fields and woods and is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, groundhogs, squirrels, and a wide variety of birds. Birdwatchers will be in heaven here, as the lake is a stopping point for many migratory birds. In the spring and fall, you can see colorful warblers, vireos, and thrushes, as well as more common birds like cardinals, bluejays, and woodpeckers. See here for information about Greenbelt Park in Greenbelt, MD.
There are several different trails that wind through the natural area, so you can explore at your own pace. The main trail loop is about a mile long and takes you through all the different habitats in the park. If you want to extend your hike, there are a few connecting trails that will take you to nearby neighborhoods.
Whether you’re a nature lover, birdwatcher, or just looking for a peaceful place to take a walk, Lake Artemesia Natural Area is definitely worth a visit.