Perimeter Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Perimeter Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Greenbelt, MD that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles 450 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

horseback riding

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

walking
1 month ago

Pleasant, easy, well-marked. Virtually no elevation change.

2 months ago

Close to busy roadways, but otherwise great trail.

3 months ago

3 months ago

This is my go-to trail when I want to get in a nice walk near home. No bugs today, a young fawn right by the trail, and leaves falling in the woods already. Say it ain't so!

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful trail and surprisingly quiet for being in the city.

4 months ago

Friendly trail with multiple wildlife sitings. Well marked and traveled trails. Bugs not bad.

6 months ago

overall it was a pretty easy trail to hike. it's only about 5 miles long and the bugs weren't as bad as others have said. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit, but it's not worth it to travel a long distance to get here.

hiking
6 months ago

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...

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

This loop is at least 8-9 miles, not sure why it is describe as around 5 on most tracks shown. All other descriptions are pretty accurate.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

clearly marked trail with slight inclines at some points. Small streams rock formations on some points of the trails.

hiking
9 months ago

It was a fun trail to hike. Clearly marked path.

1 year ago

Very good and well marked out trail. Only 5.4 miles though. Nice for a quick 'get out of the city' trail. Maybe if you add in all the side trails it may be higher. Well marked and managed. There was one part that was washed out but it was easy to adjust. Quite a few deer running about. Moderate amount of traffic. I recommend it for any level.

1 year ago

Nice trail but watch for bugs. I have gotten chiggers 3 times here in the summer!

hiking
1 year ago

5.2 mile loop around the perimeter of Greenbelt National Park. (not to be confused with the nearby lake - that's Buddy Attick Park, owned/maintained by City of Greenbelt).
Well maintained and blazed, fairly secluded path with about 400 ft of total elevation change. Good for older kids that can walk 5 miles.
Moment of potential confusion where trail crosses Still Creek and converges with fireroad and a neighborhood access trail. If you use the trail map (available at park office and at most trailheads; also on mapboards near trailheads) you should be OK.
Biggest hazard is lots of ticks. Do a check of yourself, kids and dog before getting into car and again before bedtime to avoid lyme disease.
Easy to access from Capital Beltway in MD, exit 23 South to Rte 193 East to park entrance on the right. I suggest parking at Sweetgum parking area--pick up perimeter trail across Park Central at entrance to the parking area.
No bikes allowed on this trail.

hiking
1 year ago

awesome trail to walk. saw a couple of deers, have to walk under a fallen tree hoping it won't fall on me lol.. I used an insect and tick repellant so I was good no tick problems at all!

2 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

Trail is well-kept. You're never far from help if you need it, and it's easy to access from a couple of the surrounding properties or inside the park at Holly or Dogwood. It has access points to the other much shorter trails. Don't miss Azalea Trail where you can do the exercise loop which has stations for suggested stretches and exercises like incline sit-ups.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice, easy , medium/short hike close to home. Terrain is gradual climbs and descents. You can hear road noise through most of it, but like someone said, the quiet parts are worth it. Marked with yellow blazes.