D.C. Trail Ranger

Credit: 501pix (Thomas Worth)

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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 May to September, but we cannot do it alone.  Be a part of making DC’s trails better for all.

Upcoming Events

Red Line Closure
July 21st to September 3rd

Curious about biking during the closure? Lots of information here, including cue sheets and advice for new riders.

Tales and Trails
August 12th and September 1st, 10:30 am

Learn more about the history of the Anacostia river corridor with our guided history tour in collaboration with National Park Service. More details at waba.org/talestrails.

Paul Meijer Garden Cleanup
August 7th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The garden dedicated to long-time Met Branch Trail advocation Paul Meijer could use a few helping hands to remove the overgrown grass. Join us for an hour and a half (max!) after work pulling grass and then we’ll meander up the trail to Dew Drop Inn to socialize.

Register here

Kales and Trails
Ongoing Weekends

The Trail Ranger team will be joining a number of farmers markets this month – come say hi!

Marvin Gaye Trail Cleanup
Saturday August 25th, 10:00 am

We’re teaming up with Washington Parks and People to remove porcelainberry and other unwanted invasive species from Marvin Gaye Park

Registration details coming soon!

Anacostia Pedal Paddle Palooza
Saturday September 29th, 10:00 am

It’s a pedal paddle palooza! Join the biggest watershed exploration party on September 29th to bike and kayak the Anacostia watershed. Start in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County or the District on bike and explore the trails to finish at Kingman Island.

Register here

Ongoing Opportunties

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 7:30 am – 9:30 am.

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.

    • Group cleanups: have a trail section that your group would like to cleanup? Let us know at trailranger@waba.org.

Volunteer: Join the team for a day and expand our capacity while learning more about the trails! Trail Ranger volunteer orientation required. Learn more and signup here.


  • Where to Find Us

    Trail Rangers cover nearly 25 miles of trail owned and maintained by DC. From May to September, they are 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.

  • Credit: 501pix (Thomas Worth)

     

  • Anacostia Riverwalk Trail:   Running nearly 13 miles, the ART loops from South Capitol St. to Benning Road along both banks of the Anacostia River.  The Kenilworth section opened in 2016 connects the trail from Benning Road along the east side of the river to Maryland’s Anacostia Tributary Trails. It offers terrific views of city and river and easy connections between the parks, stadiums, restaurants and neighborhoods along and across the river. Explore the trail with a video tour of the trail and our trail brochure. More information at the project website.
  • 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. Explore more with a video tour of the trail and our trail brochure.
  • 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.  When completed, the MBT will continue north into Silver Spring. Explore more with a video tour of the trail and our trail brochure. More information at the project website
  • Northbound Cue Sheet        Southbound Cue Sheet
  • 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. The trail is visible on Google Streetview. Explore more with our trail brochure.

    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

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

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