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The Anacostia River Trail, sometimes referred to as the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, is an important component of the Capital Trails Coalition's plan to create an 800-mile network of multiuse trails that are equitably distributed throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The planned 28-mile trail, spanning both sides of the Anacostia River, connects DC and Maryland residents in 16 waterfront neighborhoods to their workplaces, schools, shopping, recreational amenities and the outdoors. Its surface is primarily asphalt with some sections of concrete, boardwalk and crushed stone.
Currently, 20 miles of the trail have been completed, providing access to Diamond Teague Park, the historic Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, and Anacostia Park. The trail's most recent section, through the beautiful Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, was completed in 2016 and connects to the Maryland segment of the trail. That segment continues north to Bladensburg, Maryland, at the split of the Anacostia River into its northeast and northwest branches. Those traveling on either the Northeast Branch Trail or Northwest Branch Trail can seamlessly join the Anacostia River Trail. All three trails—along with several others—are part of the larger Anacostia Tributary Trail System.
Once fully completed, the trail will also connect to the Tidal Basin (famous for its cherry blossoms in the spring), the National Arboretum, and the National Mall (gateway to the US Capitol, Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument and other iconic landmarks).
One cautionary note: For the time being, the portion of the trail that goes from the Navy Yard to 11th Street SE will only be open during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).
The region’s Metro rail service provides convenient access the trail; if taking your bike aboard a train, please observe the transit system’s rules. Several train stops are relatively close to the trail, including: the Navy Yard-Ballpark (200 M St. SE) and Anacostia (1101 Howard Road SE) stations on the Green Line, and the Potomac Avenue (700 14th St. SE) and Stadium-Armory (192 19th St. SE) stations on the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines. Near the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the D.C./Maryland border, the Minnesota Avenue (4000 Minnesota Ave. NE) and Deanwood (4720 Minnesota Ave. NE) stations on the Orange Line are the closet Metro stops to the northern end of the trail.
For those who are arriving by car in Washington, D.C., paid parking lots can be found near the southern end of the trail around Yards Park (10 Water St. SE) and Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol St. SE). Public parking is also available in Anacostia Park (1900 Anacostia Dr. SE) and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (1550 Anacostia Ave. NE).
On the northern end of the trail in Maryland, parking can be found at Colmar Manor Community Park (3510 37th Ave., Colmar Manor) and Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg).
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