The Perimeter Trail, as you might expect, traverses the perimeter of Greenbelt Park. It is a yellow-blazed path with frequent trail junctions. The elevation is approximately 100 feet above sea level. It rises and dips often but without significant notation. The hike parallels and crosses North Branch Still Creek, a pleasant trickle frequented by thirsty wildlife. Depending on what time of the year you're hiking, keep an eye out for the less-than conspicuous wildflower, jack-in-the-pulpit. This spring time flower adorns an upper flap not at all resembling a flower, however, it is a rare species that grows only where the soil is humus and healthy; a pleasant sight amid the urban environment. Also, the lovely late spring blossoms of mountain laurel are found along the quieter side of Perimeter Trail.
The trail begins from the parking lot across from the park headquarters. Walk towards the park entrance, and within a very short distance, enter the trail on the right. As you begin the hike, notice the profusion of Sweetgum trees. You're also likely to notice the noise erupting from the nearby Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
From this 5.3-mile trail, Blueberry Trail and Dogwood Trail are two distinct paths offering a lengthier hike. The quiet hiker may likely be treated to sights of white-tailed deer and will surely be treated to birdsong. Despite the park's local, 320 species of birds have been recorded at Greenbelt.
Directions: From Washington, D.C., (The park is located 12 miles from Washington, D.C.) Take Exit 23 (Route 201) Kenilworth Avenue South to (Route 193) Greenbelt Road East. The park is a quarter mile on the right. The park address is 6565 Greenbelt Road (Route 193). The trail begins from the parking lot across from the park headquarters.
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
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