Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

District of Columbia

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Facts

States: District of Columbia
Counties: Washington
Length: 15 miles
Trail end points: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Navy Yard
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6825131
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Register for Free with TrailLink Today!

View over 30,000 miles of trail maps
Share your trail photos
Save Your Favorite Trails
Find New Trails Near You
Leave reviews for trails
Submit new trails to our site
Register Now

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Description

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is an important component of the transportation network in the nation's capital and a priority project under President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative. The planned 28-mile trail, spanning both sides of the Anacostia River, will connect DC residents in 16 waterfront neighborhoods to their workplaces, schools, shopping, recreational amenities and the outdoors.

Currently, 15 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 newest section, through the beautiful Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, was completed in 2016 and connects to the Anacostia River Trail in Maryland, which is part of a regional network called the Anacostia Tributary Trail System.

Once fully completed, the trail will also be a popular tourist attraction, providing access to a number of national treasures, including 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).

Parking and Trail Access

Nearby Metro train stations provide convenient options to access the trail, as well as bike racks and bike-sharing. The closest Metro stations to the trail are the Navy Yard Station (200 M Street SE) on the Green Line and the Potomac Avenue Station (700 14th Street SE) on the Orange/Blue Lines.

For those who are driving, paid parking lots can be found around Yards Park (10 Water St SE) and Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol Street SE).

 

 

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Reviews

This trail was expanded last year and i ride it but you end way before the end. Want to support but payment of fee demands currency on your end. The trail ends in bladensberg now. Please update.

My wife and I wanted to find a fairly easy, scenic ride and that's what this was. We used public parking near the stadium, went to the water and headed North. It's easy to find the trail from there, but it's kind of weird riding on the sidewalks initially. After the first section you have a long, "walk the bike" section in front of Navy Yard.

After that the original trail is closed so you have to go left at ML King Ave, up to Water Street and the right to follow Water. The trail shares the road for a bit, but it has very little traffic.

We then rode up just past the DC United stadium. This has some nice shady areas and places to pull off. You can go up farther and cross the river, but we turned back and crossed at the Sousa bridge and went South on the other side. There are restrooms available in the Anacostia Fields section of the park. This part of the ride is very sunny.

We continued to the Frederick Douglas Bridge and crossed back over the the stadium. The trail maps don't show a connection, but if you come off the bridge and go right on Potomac Ave, you will be right back where we started.

We walked 3/4 of the trail with our dog and got a good workout. The bike/ped bridges are really nice with great views. Needs mile markers.

Accordion

Today, 5 of us rode our Trikkes on this trail.

This trail has a variety of surfaces, terrain and views. Parts of this trail are lovely... others, not so much.

We parked at the Anacostia Recreation Center parking lot (38°52'24.3"N 76°58'54.3"W) where there were open port-a-potties. This was good, because after that we encountered no restroom facilities (except a set of port-a-potties that were locked).

Along the river, on the eastern edge, the trail has nice views of the river, the marina, and the path is smooth and of decent width.

Near the northeast side, the trail gets rough, with broken patches and grass growing in the cracks and in large patches in the center of the path as it passes through a park.

Heading south on the west side, we had to ride on the street, because the trail is narrow and over grown.

The riverwalk in front of the naval yard is absolutely beautiful, although no wheeled transportation may be used/ridden in that section. (I am really glad we didn't have any roller-bladers with us. They would have had to take them off and walk barefoot, or turned around and not completed the loop.)

The pedestrian sidewalk crossing the Frederick Douglas Bridge (South Capitol Street SW) is very narrow. If 2 people, walking their bikes encountered each other, they might not be able to pass.

If the path were consistently maintained, and if there was another place on the western side with bathrooms, this could be a 5-star trail.

I rode a loop from first and Q southeast, over the South Capitol Street Bridge, past the East Capitol Street Bridge on the east side, then back over the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge to the west side.

The ride is interesting, and will get better as the various parks are completed. And the bridge over the railroad tracks near East Capitol is both beautiful and interesting. But beware of the construction!!!

Right now (11/30/14), you cannot get to or past Benning Road going north on the east side. Moreover, while part of the barrier is marked, another branch is not. And as far as I can tell, once you go over the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge going west, there's no way to get back on the west side path until 11th Street. Riding through the neighborhood is fine--you just need to be prepared to do it.

On the other hand, previous bike bans at the Navy Yard and Yards Park have apparently been lifted. Do be aware at Yards Park, however, that some of the paths lead to stairs (down), and there's no warning. So go slow.

Another 2 or 3 years and this will be a fun way to see a part of the District most miss. But for now, it's
a tease for what will come--and a construction site.

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Events nearby

 
Bluemont Junction Trail
Arlington, VA

Join us for Halloween fun at our annual 5K run/walk and 1k kids run Enjoy a run on the scenic W&OD trail through Bluemont Park while supporting...

#5k #race #run #walk
Sat Oct 28 2017
 
Gwynns Falls Trail
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is home to a great trail system. Help us care for them! Join us as we work on the Middle Branch Trail to clear branches, leaves and debris....

#cleanup #volunteer
Sat Oct 28 2017
Accordion
 
Capital Crescent Trail
Washington, DC

What is Fletcher's Cove parkrun? It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock. When is it? Every Saturday at 9:00am. Where is it? The event takes...

#5k #run #volunteer #walk
Sat Oct 28 2017
 
Rock Creek Park Trails
Washington, DC

RSVP: info@dopark.org Meet: We meet at the top of Lovers’ Lane, approximately 3060 R St NW Wear: Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, socks...

#cleanup #volunteer
Sat Oct 28 2017
 
Anacostia River Trail
Washington, DC

Join us on Saturday, October 28th for our volunteer service event! We will spend the morning removing invasive plants, picking up trash, planting...

#cleanup #volunteer
Sat Oct 28 2017
 
Metropolitan Branch Trail
Washington, DC

Held for the past 30 years, the Walk & 5K to End HIV is Whitman-Walker Health’s signature fundraiser that calls on thousands of Washington, DC area...

#5k #race #run #walk
Sat Oct 28 2017
organizer logo
WB&A Trail
Glenn Dale, MD

iCare will be hosting its 4th Annual 5K run/walk in support of it's "Feed the 5000" campaign to provide meals and groceries to homeless citizens,...

#5k #race #run #walk
Sat Apr 21 2018

Nearby Trails

West Campus Access Road Trail

District of Columbia - 0.4 miles

The West Campus Access Road Trail, the newest rail-trail in Washington, D.C., travels through the sprawling former campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital,...

Suitland Parkway Trail

District of Columbia - 1.7 miles

The Suitland Parkway trail is a short paved multi-use path that runs adjacent to Suitland Parkway in SE D.C. to the border with Maryland. Proposed...

Mount Vernon Trail

Virginia - 18 miles

The 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail is one of the Washington, D.C. Metro area's most popular trails. Just across the Potomac River from D.C. in Virginia,...

Accordion

Fort Circle Park Hiker-Biker Trail

District of Columbia - 7 miles

Washington, D.C.'s Fort Circle Park Hiker-Biker Trail links some of the District's dozens of Civil War era forts (now national parks) that were built...

Metropolitan Branch Trail

District of Columbia - 8 miles

Following the route of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Metropolitan Branch rail line, the Met Branch Trail is a busy urban rail-with-trail that...

Four Mile Run Trail

Virginia - 6.2 miles

The Four Mile Run Trail traverses the Four Mile Run stream valley and has many twists and turns, not to mention steep sections (mercifully short). The...

Potomac Yard Trail

Virginia - 2 miles

Providing an important urban link between the Crystal City area of Arlington and the western edge of historical Alexandria, the Potomac Yard Trail is...

Rock Creek Park Trails

District of Columbia - 8.5 miles

Located in the northwest section of Washington, D.C., Rock Creek Park is the oldest and largest urban park in the national park system. Established in...

Capital Crescent Trail

District of Columbia - 11 miles

Detour notice: As of Sept. 5, 2017, a 3.5-mile section between Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda and Talbot Avenue in Silver Spring at the northeastern tip...

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

District of Columbia - 184.5 miles

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (a.k.a. C&O Canal Towpath) follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles between...

Marvin Gaye Trail

District of Columbia - 1.9 miles

The Marvin Gaye Trail offers a paved pathway through the Deanwood, Burville, Lincoln Heights, and Hillbrook neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Just shy...

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

Maryland - 3.3 miles

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail provides a superb link between Alexandria, VA, and Maryland's National Harbor over the Potomac River. This well-used...

Download the TrailLink mobile app and take TrailLink with you!
Support Trails and Pick Your FREE Guidebook + Trail Kit Today!
Pledge to make a difference for trails!

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews
OR

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!
OR