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Anacostia Tributary Trail System

Construction Alerts:

Anacostia River Trail (October 2014)
WSSC will be rehabilitating sewer manholes along the Anacostia River Trail south of the Bladensburg Waterfront Park starting the week of October 6, 2014. Protective matting will be placed on half of the trail to accommodate construction vehicles. Please exercise caution when passing through the construction zone and heed the direction of construction personnel and signage.
Paint Branch Trail (Fall 2014)
Prince George’s County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be installing plantings for the recently completed stream restoration of the Paint Branch south of University Boulevard during Fall 2014. Please exercise caution in the area as construction vehicles and personnel will be accessing the streambanks.

Anacostia Tributary Trail

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
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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.

For more information, call 301-699-2255.
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