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 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 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.
Sites along the Anacostia Tributary Trail System worth a stop include:
- Adelphi Mill
- College Park Airport
- College Park Aviation Museum
- College Park Community Center
- Ellen Linson Swimming Pool
- Herbert Wells Ice Rink
- Lake Artemesia
- Many local neighborhood and community parks
- Paint Branch Golf Course
Little Paint Branch Trail Extended - New Trail Segment
Construction of a new two-mile segment of the Little Paint Branch Trail
will commence in 2016 and expected completion is in 2017. 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. It will also parallel Cherry Hill and Sellman Roads.
With the new trail segment, patrons will be able to bicycle or walk from
the Beltsville Community Center to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park on a
continuous 10-mile trail.