The Lake Artemesia Trailone component of the larger Anacostia Tributary Trail System
completely encircles its scenic eponymous lake in Prince George's County, Maryland. The trail is also a great starting point for longer treks, as it directly connects with the Paint Branch Trail
, Indian Creek Trail
, and Northeast Branch Trail
Lake Artemesia was developed during the 1976 construction of the adjacent Washington Metro rail line. A fishing pier can be found on the north end of the lake, and restrooms and a water fountain are located near the trail's midpoint. Several gazebos dot the lake's shoreline as well, making the man-made lake a beautiful place for a picnic, rest, recreation or exercise. A popular birding trail can also be found nearby.
Vehicles are not permitted on the grounds of the Lake Artemesia Natural Area. If you are traveling by car, consider parking at the College Park Community Center located at the intersection of Pierce Avenue and 51st Avenue. From the parking lot, take the Paint Branch Trail a short distance east until you reach the southern end of the Lake Artemesia Trail.
This is a nice trail with great views of Lake Artemesia. I wouldn't recommended it for road bikes because there are lots of joggers, families, children and pets during the evenings. Not so bad during mid day. Trail is about one mile around the lake but ...