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Perimeter Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A rolling ramble through the woods.


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5.3

Miles

8.6

KM

Loop

179' 55 m

High

53' 16 m

Low

340' 104 m

Up

343' 105 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Wildlife

Open from dawn to dusk, year-round. America the Beautiful passes are available to purchase from the Visitor Center - Ranger Station, which is open seven days a week from 8 am to 3:45 pm (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day).

Overview

Loop through this wooded gem to escape the surrounding urban developments for a great workout or leisurely stroll.

Need to Know

Check the NPS website for current conditions regarding road construction which may affect accessing the trails. Open to pedestrians and equestrians.

Description

Greenbelt is the tiniest National Park and is a fascinating thing. Visually, you're rolling through a mid-Atlantic deciduous forest on nice singletrack. Your ears tell a different story, as you can usually hear the traffic from the nearby major roads, particularly the B-W Parkway. Still, this trail is a worthwhile getaway, and nary a bit of pavement in sight once you're in the park.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, squirrels, and the usual suspects. Beware of ticks.

History & Background

The NPS acquired the Greenbelt Park land in 1950.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Coppock with improvements by stephanie young

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  4.3 from 14 votes

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Fall conditions along the Perimeter Trail
Oct 14, 2017 near Berwyn…, MD
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Nov 6, 2019 near Berwyn…, MD
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Nov 6, 2019 near Berwyn…, MD
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Nov 6, 2019 near Berwyn…, MD

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Jen Ict
81F, 79% humidity. Waaaarm trail run/walk. ;) 5.5mi — 1h 32m
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