D.C. Trail Ranger

WABA’s Trail Ranger program is putting a fresh set of eyes on DC area trails to support and encourage a growing community of trail users.  The program is made possible through a grant from the District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration.

What is a Trail Ranger?

Trail Rangers are a consistent and helpful presence on DC’s mixed use, paved trails, charged with assisting trail users, improving trail conditions, and working with city agencies to keep the trails clean, bright, and clear of obstacles.  They pull trailers stocked with tools and are eager to help patch a flat, provide a quick fix, dish out maps and directions, or clear up glass and debris before it causes trouble.  Their presence means a quick response to downed limbs, less ducking around branches, and more reasons to enjoy the area’s trail network.

Get Involved

The team is out on trail daily, but we cannot do it alone.  Be a part of making DC’s trails better for all.

  • 2nd Friday Coffee Hour:  On the second Friday of every month, leave for work a bit early and join us for a cup of coffee and a chat with MBT regulars at the pocket park at 4th and S St NE.
  • Pitch in Cleaning Up: Throughout the spring and summer, neighbors and trail users are invited to lend a hand in keeping our urban bikeways looking good.  We’ll provide the tools, snacks and some new friends.
    • September 17th – Help us talk up the trails at H St Festival. More information and sign up to volunteer here.
    • September 24th – Come celebrate National Public Lands Day with us on Marvin Gaye Trail. More information and let us know you’re coming.
    • Group cleanups: have a trail section that your group would like to cleanup? Let us know at trailranger@waba.org and we can help coordinate a cleanup.
  • Sign up for email updates for a monthly look at trail events and program developments.

Where to Find Us

Trails covered by DC Trail RangersTrail Rangers cover nearly 20 mile of trail owned and maintained by DC. From May to September, they will be out daily during the morning and evening rush and weekends, giving trail users peace of mind and help when they need it most.  Click here for a map of covered trails and street connections.

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail:   Running nearly 12 miles, the ART loops from South Capitol St. to Benning Road along both banks of the Anacostia River.  It offers terrific views of city and river and easy connections between the parks, stadiums, restaurants and neighborhoods along and across the river. Learn More.

Marvin Gaye Trail:   Following the Watts Branch creek, the 1.6 mile trail runs from near the Minnesota Ave. Metro Station to the city’s eastern boundary line.  As a link between numerous parks and neighborhood institutions, the Marvin Gaye Trail is both an important community resource and a commuter connection.

Metropolitan Branch Trail:   With nearly 4 of the planned 8 miles of trail built, the Met Branch Trail stretches from Union Station to Fort Totten Park through NE DC.  It boasts easy access from NoMa, Eckington, Edgewood, and Brookland, and has seen ever increasing traffic.  When completed, the MBT will continue north into Silver Spring.  Learn More.

Suitland Parkway Trail:   Following the Suitland Parkway for 1.7 miles, the SPT runs through Ward 8 from the DC boundary to within a half mile of the Anacostia Metro Station and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

Follow the Trail Rangers

Follow WABA on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates on trail ranger activities.  Read more about the team’s work on the WABA Blog or follow the team on Strava.


Contact Ursula Sandstrom at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org with questions and comments about the Trail Ranger program.