Northeast Branch Trail


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Northeast Branch Trail Facts

States: Maryland
Counties: Prince Georges
Length: 3.5 miles
Trail end points: Lake Artemesia Natural Area and Baltimore Ave./US 1 and Charles Armentrout Dr.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6330036

Northeast Branch Trail Description

The Northeast Branch Trail follows the levee along the—you guessed it—Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River from the Lake Artemesia Natural Area to Baltimore Avenue/US 1 (south of Hyattsville). The trail is one part of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, which includes a number of linked trails in Prince George's County.

Begin your journey at scenic Lake Artemesia, which has taken on a de facto role as a trail hub since the lake's construction in 1976. At the southern end of the lake, you can connect directly with the Lake Artemesia Trail, Indian Creek Trail, and Paint Branch Trail.

South of the lake, the trail skirts the edge of the College Park Airport before entering a dense wooded forest. The trail continues through the woods past a large property used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before emerging into Riverdale Park. The popular park contains playgrounds, ball fields, restrooms and a water fountain.

The rest of the route runs through open space behind old residences in the towns of Hyattsville and Riverdale, offering great views of the Anacostia River. At the trail's southern end, connect directly with the Northwest Branch Trail to continue north to Montgomery County, or take the Anacostia River Trail to travel to Bladensburg.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Northeast Branch Trail can be found at the Ellen E. Linson Swimming Pool and Herbert W. Wells Ice Rink on Paint Branch Parkway south of the College Park Airport. Additional parking can be found in Riverdale Park; the park's entrance is located off River Road just to the west of Kenilworth Avenue/State Route 201.

Northeast Branch Trail Reviews

Nice Connecting Trail

I rode the Paint Branch Trail starting at Cherry Hill Park, connected to the Northeast Branch Trail and then to the Anacostia Trail to arrive at Anacostia River Park and then returned.

After riding the Paint Branch Trail, I picked up the Northeast Branch Trail and headed south. The trail was asphalt all the way winding around the small airport and passing through a couple of parks before traveling along a levy to the starting point of the Anacostia River Trail. The trail was mostly smooth with a few mildly bumpy sections and one precarious dip through an underpass.

WB&A Bowie/RaceTrack

Ran this trail from RaceTrack Road Endpoint. There is a parking lot, right at the start of the trail. The trail is 5.5 miles, total. It is apparently at the end of the 5.5 miles, and heads towards Glendale/Lanham. The trail appears to be between neighborhoods, and you cross over a few bridges, following power lines. It is best to go right when it starts to get light out, in the summer, as I can imagine, it will be too dark before. Also, mid-day, it may be too hot, although the trail in some spots is shady. It is decent to run, nice and flat, not much to see but very peaceful.

Nice easy ride

I like to use this trail for a nice easy ride between Lake Artemesia in College Park and the Bladensburg Waterfront Park (about a mile past the beginning (mile 0) following the Anacostia River Trail), both beautiful locations to enjoy. It's less than 10 miles round trip. Personally, I like the long straightaway between about mile 0.5 and mile 1.5 which is kind of through an open field. It connects to several other trails in the Anacostia Tributary Trail System. Well paved and quiet with a couple small road crossings.


Temp Trail closing

FYI - Trail marked as closed southbound just south of Decatur on 8/12/12. Appeared to be some sort of construction off in the distance, I didn't go down to check it out. Otherwise great trail.

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