Washington, DC: Perimeter Trail

Skip the tourist spots and take the bus to Greenbelt Park for a 5.4-mile loop through a quiet, leafy urban forest.
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Skip the tourist spots and take the bus to Greenbelt Park for a 5.4-mile loop through a quiet, leafy urban forest.

Mapped by Jeff Chow

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.7

Waypoints

GTR001

Location: 38.9954071044922, -76.8942794799805

Follow yellow-blazed Perimeter Trail to E

GTR002

Location: 38.989990234375, -76.8899307250976

Straight @ 3-way; path switchbacks down to grasslands, wooded marshy pockets, streambeds. In .2 mi., L @ T

GTR003

Location: 38.9885215759277, -76.8937072753906

Enter wooded gully and cross Still Creek; listen to birds in Virginia pines

GTR004

Location: 38.9818992614746, -76.8943328857422

Trail rises and curves SW

GTR005

Location: 38.977970123291, -76.896728515625

Cross Park Central Rd., then bear L @ Y with road leading to campgrounds; slight decline ahead

GTR006

Location: 38.9746398925781, -76.9007797241211

Trail descends to Deep Creek. In 100 yds., turn R @ T; gravel path leads through quiet hollow

GTR007

Location: 38.9766502380371, -76.9089965820312

Cross fire road and the small ripples of Deep Creek; 2nd half of loop cruises past American holly and mountain laurel

GTR008

Location: 38.9815788269043, -76.9059524536133

Cross another fire road; stay L @ next two Y jcts. before jetting over Still Creek bridge

GTR009

Location: 38.9902305603027, -76.9004669189453

Near park boundary, keep L past spur trails

GTR010

Location: 38.9922485351562, -76.8973770141602

Cross bridge @ North Fork Still Creek

GTR011

Location: 38.9947700500488, -76.8950653076172

Bear R onto Park Central Rd., then keep straight @ 3-way; in 350 ft., turn L @ 3-way to return to park entrance