Camp and discover the solitude and tranquility of Greenbelt Park within twelve miles of Washington, D.C. Visit Washington D.C. and camp nearby for only $16 per campsite. The Greenbelt campground is known for its affordability, peaceful surroundings, National Park Service hospitality and is open all year round. There are no electrical or water hookups available. Open from dawn to dusk daily.
Getting to this trail is easy from any parking area in the park. If you use the map on the alltrails app, you can easily connect to the trail which is just the trail that circles the outside of the park. This trail is basically a nature walk. No epic views or anything, but consistently pleasant trail with some streams and meadows nearby, and a lot of deer in the forest. It's relatively unused considering how close it is to DC. There are a number of instances where it gets pretty close to the freeway, so for about half the hike, you can hear road noise. There are only a few points where you can visualize the freeway. My only complaint, and it would keep me from coming back in the spring or summer, is the number of ticks. I had at least 5 ticks on me, and the dog had over 10. Whenever we would sit, we could see ticks scurrying up our legs. Pretty gross. Afterwards, there were ticks in the car, and in the gear. A lot of people camp in the area. Apparently they are less weirded out by ticks than I am...
Super pretty little trail, especially so close to DC. Since it starts in the middle of the park, you don't get any road noise which can be an issue on Perimeter trail. It's basically a pleasant, short, nature walk. There are also a lot of deer. My only complaint is the number of ticks. You definitely need to check yourself, your gear, and your dog afterwards in you go May-Aug. I ended up doing Dogwood and Perimeter, and my dog had over 10 ticks and I had 5. I'm pretty weirded out by ticks, so it would be something that would keep me from coming back during tick season.
Nice trail with lots of deer sightings. However, there were WAY too many ticks all throughout the trail. If I sat down for 5 min I would find at least one tick on my leg. I brought my dog on the hike and he had a minimum of 10 ticks on him. I highly recommend avoiding this trail during tick season (May - Aug) -- it wasn't at all worth the hassle.
There'a few downed trees and some parts where trail maintenance has fallen a little bit, and traffic noise is a factor for decent chunks, but once you get deeper into the trail, it's quite pretty, and not super difficult. Good to get out of the city for a bit and enjoy an afternoon. Was worth the five miles or so.