Greenbelt Park trail system

The Perimeter Trail from 0.0 to 0.4 is temporarily closed

We are temporarily closing the Perimeter trail from 0.0 to 0.4 for visitor safety. The erosion is causing a visitor safety problem.
Most Perimeter trail users park at the Sweetgum Picnic Area to access the Perimeter trail.

To go clockwise (0.4 to 5.3)-
You can access the Perimeter trail at the 0.4 mile marker by walking the end of the Azalea trail (fitness trail) and connect to Perimeter trail across from the Holly Picnic Area.
You can access the Perimeter trail to walk counter-clockwise (5.3 to 0.4) by walking across Park Central Road.
There is detour signage to help direct you whether you are walking clockwise or counter-clockwise on the Perimeter trail.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Park management is aware that this is the second detour on the Perimeter trail.

https://www.nps.gov/gree/learn/management/records-of-determination.htm

 
Perimeter trail beginning temporarily closed
We are temporarily closing the Perimeter trail from 0.0 to 0.4 for visitor safety.  The erosion is causing a visitor safety problem. (see picture)
Most Perimeter trail users park at the Sweetgum Picnic Area to access the Perimeter trail. 

To go clockwise (0.4 to 5.3)-
You can access the Perimeter trail at the 0.4 mile marker by walking end of the Azalea trail (fitness trail) and connect to Perimeter trail across from the Holly Picnic Area. 
You can access the Perimeter trail to walk counter-

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Azalea Trail in Greenbelt Park

Enjoy a 1. 2 mile walk on the Azalea Trail on a walk through the Greenbelt Park forest

 

Greenbelt Park to reopen hiking trails and picnic areas for Spring camping season

GREENBELT, Md. — The National Park Service (NPS) will reopen hiking trails and picnic areas in Greenbelt Park on March 10. The trails and picnic areas were closed following a severe windstorm in July 2022 that reached speeds of over 80 miles per hour and damaged many trees throughout the park. While one section of the Perimeter Trail at the southern end of the park will remain closed to repair a trail washout, all other major trails will open for hiking. The NPS looks forward to welcoming back visitors and neighbors to Greenbelt Park.

Since the July 2022 windstorm, NPS staff and contractors have removed more than 100 fallen and hazardous trees in Greenbelt Park. The NPS was able to safely reopen the Greenbelt Park campground on September 30, 2022, but needed additional resources to address damaged trees in the park’s picnic areas and nine miles of trails. Greenbelt Park staff received assistance from an NPS Arborist Incident Response (AIR) team to remove remaining safety hazards and prepare picnic areas and trails for reopening. NPS AIR teams are made up of tree care professionals from several national parks who specialize in addressing tree damage often resulting from emergency events.

“I appreciate the community’s patience as NPS staff and contractors worked diligently to address safety hazards throughout Greenbelt Park,” Tara D. Morrison, National Capital Parks-East superintendent said. “We’re excited to reopen major areas of the park just in time for spring and look forward to seeing visitors and neighbors there.”

Greenbelt Park is a natural oasis right inside the beltway. The surrounding forest and streams are a peaceful respite just 10 miles from Washington, D.C. The park offers nine miles of hiking trails, three picnic areas, 172 campsites and more.

You can reserve a campsite at Greenbelt Park on recreation.gov.

For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/gree or follow the Greenbelt Facebook page.

National Park Service News Release

DATE: March 8, 2023
CONTACT: Vince Vaise, Vince_Vaise@nps.gov (202) 359-1717

 

ALL TRAILS ARE OPEN

Perimeter Trail- 5.3 miles
The trail begins at the entrance of the park. There are different access points throughout the park. Parking available at the Sweetgum Picnic Area.

There are two detours on the Perimeter Trail due to washout on Still Creek and erosion near the beginning of the Perimeter trail- Please follow signs.

Azalea Trail- 1.2 miles
Park in the Sweetgum Picnic Area. The Azalea Trail begins and ends in the Sweetgum Picnic Area.

Dogwood Trail- 1.5 miles
Parking lot available along Park Central Road.

Blueberry Trail- 0.8 miles
Campground users can enjoy a walk through the forest. Blueberry trailhead is along the road in the campground.

* All dogs must be on a leash and owners must pick up after their pet.

* No bikes or horses are allowed on the trails.

* The park closes at dusk so plan your trail walk or hike.

* Prepare for your hike- bring water, cell phone, and a trail map. Use tick and insect repellant.

* Please call the U.S. Park Police at 202-610-7500 for any emergency, need of ambulance or criminal activity.

*Please call our Park headquarters for any trail maintenance issues at 301-344-3948.

Be alert to changing climate conditions. Check the weather before hiking or walking on the trails. Do not hike under severe weather conditions such as thunderstorms, blizzards, or expected high wind conditions.

The brochures are available in the park at the trailhead and the Park Ranger Station.

 
2023 GREE Park ranger Barry at Introduction

GREENBELT, Md. - Greenbelt Park Ranger Kevin P. Barry greets the National Park Service Arborist Incident Response (AIR) team on Monday Jan. 23, 2023. The AIR team has come to Greenbelt Park to aid the National Capital Parks – East (NACE) maintenance personnel in clearing the trails that were closed in response to the July 13, 2022 storm that uprooted over a hundred trees and closed the park for four months. On Oct. 1, 2022 Greenbelt Park reopened the campgrounds, picnic areas, roads and park headquarters, but the trails remain closed to ensure safety for visitors and park personnel. The AIR team will assist in tree clearing operations on Greenbelt’s trails from Jan. 23 until Feb. 3, 2023, when NACE will assess the trail’s condition and conduct a phased reopening.

 
 
a bridge on the Perimeter Trail
Come enjoy the Perimeter Trail in Greenbelt Park, Maryland.
 
bridge in Fall colors
Come enjoy the Fall colors on the Perimeter Trail in Greenbelt Park, Maryland
 
people walking the Azalea Trail
Come and enjoy the 1.2 miles of the Azalea Trail.
 
Trail Crew bridge and crew

Join the Volunteer Trail Crew.

Volunteers are needed to join the Volunteer trail crew.
Volunteers will be working to improve the nine miles of trails.

Last updated: June 15, 2023

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Mailing Address:

6565 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone:

771-208-1588
Calls are directed to the ranger station at the campground, open 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. daily.

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