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Perimeter Trail

Easy/Intermediate
  4.3 ( 12 ) Favorite

Trail

5.3 mile 8.6 kilometer loop
98% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 340' 104 m
Descent: -343' -105 m
High: 179' 55 m
Low: 53' 16 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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A rolling ramble through the woods.

Eric Coppock

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.

Runner Notes

It's all runnable and really a pleasant loop.

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.

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Aug 18, 2019
Manuel Kuhn
May 4, 2019
Ned R
Wet, but good 5.3mi
Aug 13, 2018
Allie Passarello
2 laps around the loop plus an accidental short spur wrong turn 10.7mi
Jul 12, 2018
Allie Passarello
5.5mi
Apr 29, 2018
Roland Benedetti
Two loops, perfect! 10mi
Oct 14, 2017
Ned R
5.2mi

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  4.3 from 12 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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