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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, will connect DC residents in 16 waterfront neighborhoods to their workplaces, schools, shopping, recreational amenities and the outdoors.
Currently, just over 17 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).
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).
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