Anacostia Tributary Trail System
ATTENTION ALL ANACOSTIA TRIBUTARY TRAIL SYSTEM USERS (APRIL 2012 thru APRIL 2013): A year long effort by the Prince George's Department Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) to improve the levee system along the Anacostia River and its tributaries continues. DPW&T has completed the grading and paving on the levees that run along the Northeast and Northwest Branch Trails. As part of the next phase of the project, DPW&T will be installing crosswalks and swing gates at key locations along these two trails. The new swing gates will be closed by DPW&T and trail usage blocked only when required due to emergency flooding situations that may create unsafe conditions along the levees. Please exercise caution when traveling through any work zones while this remaining work in completed.
In 2013, DPW&T plans to begin improvements to the levee in Town of Colmar Manor along the Anacostia River Trail south of Bladensburg Road. Watch this webpage for notification of future trail closures in this area.
For more information please contact DPW&T's Office of Project Management at 301-883-5640. Northern Prince George's County, MD Information: 301-699-CALL (2255).
ATTENTION PAINT BRANCH TRAIL USERS (MARCH/APRIL 2013):
Due to recent construction activity associated with the Paint Branch stream, there are two areas of the Paint Branch Trail that are missing finished pavement. The trail remains open. All users are requested to note the change in pavement surfaces, and continue to use caution through the Section of trail below Cherry Hill Road and the Paint Branch Golf Course. Estimated completion of the paving should occur on or before April 15, 2013.
Get away from automobile traffic and experience nature! The Anacostia Tributary Trail System, a link in the national shore-to-shore American Discovery Trail, provides miles of uninterrupted trails along the tributaries of the Anacostia River. The southernmost point of the trail is located at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, and trail spurs extend northeast and northwest along beautiful stream valley parkland. The trail system's continuous greenway traverses a variety of natural environments including woodlands, open fields, and wetlands.
The trail affords ample opportunities for fishing, bird watching, hiking, biking, jogging, horseback riding, and in-line skating. Sites along the Anacostia Tributary Trail System worth a stop include College Park Airport, College Park Aviation Museum, Ellen Linson Swimming Pool, Herbert Wells Ice Rink, Lake Artemesia, Adelphi Mill, College Park Community Center, Paint Branch Golf Course, and many local neighborhood and community parks.
The flat, barrier-free trail system is designed for a wide variety of users, and a signage system with mile markers assists with location awareness. The trail system links several neighborhoods to Metro stations, but commuters needing to travel at speeds greater than 12 miles per hour should consider alternative routes.
The Anacostia Tributary Trail System Map is sized to fit into a pocket or a backpack and features recreational areas, historic sites and communities along the trails. You can pick up a free map at M-NCPPC sites, offices, and facilities located adjacent to the trail or you can download using link below.
Little Paint Branch Trail Extented – A New Trail Segment
A new two mile segment of the Little Paint Branch Trail will begin design in 2012. The new trail extension will connect the existing trail at the Beltsville Community Center to the Paint Branch Trail that currently ends at Cherry Hill Road in College Park. The new trail will parallel Cherry Hill and Sellman Roads. With the new trail segment, you will be able to bicycle or walk from the Beltsville Community Center to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park on a continuous 10-mile trail.