Travel Information

 

Parking for Undaunted Festival:

If you are considering coming to Undaunted Weekend & the Battle of Bladensburg, keep in mind that on AUGUST 23, 2014 there will ONLY be satellite parking. NO parking will be available in the park.  Satellite parking will be available with FREE shuttles.

 

Our primary (3500 parking spaces) at the University of Maryland/Lot 1 at the corner of Campus Drive and Presidential Drive (GPS: 38.9849454, -76.95268879999998). The UMUC Marriott has offered a special deal for those staying for the battle – use code “LMP” for the discount of $129 a night.  This hotel is adjacent to the parking.  This parking is easiest for those coming from the west (Virginia) and north (Pennsylvania and Baltimore). Parking and the UMD shuttles are FREE. If you choose to use the Green Line from Washington DC on the WMATA/Metro system, take a free UMD shuttle from the College Park Metro Station and ask for the Battle of Bladensburg transfer.

 

A secondary parking area (1800 spaces) and access to the WMATA/Metro system for Washington D.C. (Orange Line) is via the Landover Metro station.  This is the most convenient for those coming from points south (295 from DC) and east (Annapolis) of the area by using Route 50 to the Bladensburg/Upper Marlboro exit (Route 202) and follow signs to the metro station. Parking is free on Saturdays.

 

Finally, there will be some on street parking around the area and a local shuttle for those living in the “Port Towns” will be available.  Shuttles and vans from local hotels will be permitted to drop off in the park.

 

If you plan on walking or biking to the park, use the Anacostia Tributary Trails System.  A bike parking area will be available inside the park.  This will be the easiest way for those living in nearby communities to access the park.

 


 

There are many ways of getting here. One of the easiest ways is by public transportation or bike – no need to bring your vehicle if you are visiting from Washington D.C. Once you are here, we ask that you consider visiting some of the other great sites located within the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. If you are seeking to arrive by bus tour, please contact our office (301-887-0777) for more information about potential bus parking locations, step aboard services, restaurants/hotels, and potential activities.

 

Getting Here: (Driving)

 

From Annapolis and points east: Travel west on Route 50 to exit 3A, Route 202. Travel 2.29 miles to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. (Route 202 will merge with Route 450 into Bladensburg.) The entrance to the Waterfront Park is just past the CSX overpass and is a left hand turn.

 

From Baltimore and points north: From Baltimore at Interstate 95 South, take the Baltimore Washington Parkway/State Route 295 south for 27.5 miles. Exit for Route 202 from the Parkway (no exit number). At the bottom of the ramp, take a right. Proceed 1.2 miles to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Route 202 will merge with Route 450 into Bladensburg. The entrance to the Waterfront Park is just past the CSX overpass and is a left hand turn.

 

From Washington D.C and points south: Travel north on Interstate 95 to the “Beltway” or Interstate 495 around Washington D.C. Exit 2B (North 295) and proceed north for 11.25 miles. You will have transitioned from Interstate 295 to DC 295 to the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Exit for Route 202 from the Baltimore Washington Parkway (no exit number). There will be a quick stop sign, then a curve toward the left. At the bottom of the ramp, take a left and proceed 1.3 miles to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Route 202 will merge with Route 450 into Bladensburg. The entrance to the Waterfront Park is just past the CSX overpass and is a left hand turn.

 

Getting Here: (Public Transportation)

 

METRO/WMATA:

  • Green line to West Hyattsville, Prince George’s Plaza. Prince George’s – Langley Park Line F8. Ask for Bladensburg Waterfront Park
  • Orange line to Cheverly. Prince George’s – Langley Park Line F8. Ask for Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

 

TheBUS (Prince George’s County):

  • TheBUS 18 from West Hyattsville Station. Ask for Bladensburg Waterfront Park

 

(SPECIAL NOTE: TheBUS 17, which intersects with TheBUS 18, is a route that travels along U.S. Route 1 and visits the sites in the Heritage Area. Consider taking this bus route to visit some of the other sites, such as Hyattsville, Downtown College Park, IKEA, University of Maryland, Downtown Mount Rainier, Joe’s Movement Emporium, or Riversdale House Museum.)

 

Getting Here: (Biking)

 

The Anacostia Tributary Trails System is the easiest connection from around the region to the Battle of Bladensburg sites. This trail system connects West Hyattsville and College Park METRO stops, as well as parking and sites in Riverdale Park (MARC Station), Hyattsville, College Park, Berwyn Heights, and Greenbelt. Bike racks are available at the Waterfront Park which is directly connected to the Trail System. Bike rentals are scheduled to be available starting summer 2012 from the Waterfront Park. Bikers from Washington D.C. will need to use on road routes, such as the Newton Street route from Brookland/CUA METRO station from the Met Branch Trail. We suggest reviewing the links on WABA.org for more information.

Be sure to grab the Prince George's County Conference & Visitors Bureau's Visitors Guide - which has a great item on the War of 1812!

Have you visited our Undaunted Shop yet? A dollar of your purchase goes to the work we are doing to commemorate the 200th anniversary. There are some great things to buy!