Beginning the week of December 3, 2018, a portion of the Northwest Branch Trail near the West Hyattsville Metro Station will be closed. A convenient detour route has been established along the Kirkwood Apartments through the Metrorail station and using Jamestown Road. Detour signs will be in place for the duration of the closure, scheduled for approximately 6-9 months.
See map for location of trail closure and detour routes.
The closure is required for a residential developer to provide compensatory floodwater storage to mitigate earthen fill required for the development. Between the Kirkwood Apartments and Queens Chapel Road, the developer will relocate and widen a section of the NW Branch Trail, resurface and widen another section, and provide lighting throughout; as well as trail connections from the development to the main trail.
Gilbane is the developer, Stefano Terricola is the Project Manager
Delmarva Site Development is the construction company
Project Manager: Jereme Vaught
Delmarva Site Development
Prince George’s County has 165 miles of trail in our park system. Our trail network includes:
- Paved multi-use trails for walking, biking, running, skating, routine transportation, daily exercise and weekend recreation (85 miles);
- Natural surface trails for hiking, loving nature, mountain biking and horseback riding (47 miles);
- Loop trails in neighborhood parks for walking, jogging, staying healthy and fit, and learning to ride a bike (33 miles, mostly paved); and,
- Water trails along the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers for canoeing and kayaking.
Our trails traverse many settings. Urban and suburban greenways run through our stream valley parklands, rails-to-trails conversions follow the old trolley lines, and a mixed assortment of trails have been built in our regional parks and conservation lands.
Prince George’s park trails are great for family outings, hanging with friends, bird watching, getting access to fishing holes, exploring forests and wetlands, connecting to our history and decompressing from urban life.
Trail Hours and Operations
- Paved trails are open from dawn to dusk for pedestrians and recreational uses, unless lighting is provided and extended hours are posted.
- For cyclists, who have a headlamp and are just passing through, new rules allow access on all paved trails from 5 am to midnight.
- Natural surface trails are open from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.
- The Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail is policed by local police in Hyattsville, Riverdale Park and College Park.
- Trails are not plowed or maintained for safe passage under snow and icy conditions.
Two current trail projects are scheduled to open for public access in early 2019. These trails will connect communities and facilitate access around major highways in the area. As we continue to grow and expand to meet your needs, review information about these trails, as well as other Department of Recreation New & Ongoing Projects in more detail. For more information, email Robert Patten, our Trail Planner and Program Manager.
View the Passport to Family Wellness (PDF).
Contact the Park and Planning help desk at 301-699-2255. Trail maps/brochures are available.