Perimeter Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews
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Perimeter Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Upper Marlboro, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
577 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bridge out

Unpaved and well maintained single-width path through the woods. Watch for roots, branches and other hazards. Traffic is in both directions. Lots of good elevation changes and challenges such as creek crossings without bridges. Trail is adequately marked but there are a few spots that aren't immediately clear.

hiking
5 days ago

bring a compass, watch out for self centered dangerous mntn bikers who don't care if you are walking. the trails were originally designed for hunt club so you will see neat things that if you understand riding along way. But it's a great park to learn how to use a compass in. I did when I was a kid, i still get lost. great trail, just ignore the mountain bikers

14 days ago

Ok first! The trail is confusing in the beginning. Use your trail app GPS!! There are 3 ways to enter the trail. If you go counter clockwise you will have no problems. If you go clockwise, you will exit the trail in 5 mins, then you will have to cross this closed off parking lot then a street to enter the real beginning of the clockwise trail. This is a serious mountain biking trail. The clockwise trail is moderate. The counterclockwise loop is a bit harder.

hiking
30 days ago

1 month ago

Nice trail, lots of Bikes.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

whoa this trail is horribly confusing if you're a newbie here. we felt like we were going in circles at first. going in a group can lead to chaos too because we also had to be mindful of mountain bikers. other than that the scenery is peaceful, earthy, and mild to moderately challenging. No restrooms just porta potty things and we never saw them except when leaving park.
the trail is long and we stopped at a certain point and just looped back. saw a toad, 2 turtles, bird nest, 2 lizards as far as wildlife sightings go.
people ride their horses here but they have equestrian trails if they are not on the hiking and biking trails.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was in great shape, weather was perfect, and not too much traffic (mostly mountain bikes, a few walkers/runners, two horses).

hiking
3 months ago

We love hiking this trail. There were a few areas on trail today that were washed out due to the heavy rains. Still a great workout.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

There were a lot of bicyclers on the trail, which I did not like because it was already too narrow for 2 hikers side by side. Be sure to look down otherwise you'll trip. overall, great hike in an area that I never thought to check out.

mountain biking
4 months ago

We took our 10 and 12 year old boys for their first intermediate ride here today. It was a very nice combination of uphills and downhills. Several of the little bridges were partially washed out, and we had to carry our bikes over a few larger fallen trees, which was pretty fun (probably just due to recent flash flooding). It was a fun and challenging course for the kids, especially with the terrain and tree roots that cover the almost 9 mile ride. Nice time, and I'll be back.

hiking
5 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

Very good trail and challenging run workout. Did a training run this morning (counterclockwise). Since its single track had a couple close calls with mountain bikers but everyone was cool/friendly! Plenty of shade, only about four very short sections without tree cover.

trail running
5 months ago

Excellent trail! Nice canopy. Decent elevation.

5 months ago