The DC Area's extensive network of scenic bike paths are great for getting a workout or just getting to work. WABA is proud to have helped to make many of the paths in this ever-expanding network a reality.
The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) is an 8-mile trail that runs fro m Union Station in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring in Maryland. Following the Metropolitan Branch Line of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad, the trail passes through numerous vibrant and historic neighborhoods as well as connecting to the National Mall. http://www.metbranchtrail.com
The Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) is a shared use off-road trail from Georgetown, D.C. to Silver Spring, MD suitable for walkers, joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers. http://www.cctrail.org/
The 184.5 mile long Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is located along the north bank of the Potomac River, starting in Washington, DC and ending in Cumberland, MD. http://www.nps.gov/choh/
The scenic and popular Rock Creek Trail winds 25 miles from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to Lake Needwood Park in Montgomery County, Md. http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/upload/rocrmap1.pdf
Marvin Gaye Park is a 1.6-mile-long area of Ward 7 in northeast Washington, DC. Formally called Watts Branch Park, the area was officially rededicated as Marvin Gaye Park on April 2, 2006. Marvin Gaye Park is the longest municipal park in Washington, D.C. and is undergoing thelargest community park revitalization in DC history, led by the NRPA, Washington Parks & People, the DC government and local residents. http://www.washingtonparks.net/wattswatercolor.html
The Fort Dupont Hiker Biker Trail is mostly natural or crushed gravel trail 7 miles in length in southeast DC. The trail runs north-south in the Fort Dupont Park managed by the National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/cwdw/planyourvisit/upload/hiker%20biker%20trail%20map.pdf
The Anacostia River Trail in DC will be a 20 mile multi-use pathl along the eastern and western banks of the Anacostia River. Currently under construction, the River Trail is part of the Anacostia River Inititive. When complete, the trail will connect Prince George's County, Maryland with the Tidel Basin. http://www.planning.dc.gov/planning/cwp/view,a,1285,q,582270,planningNav_GID,1708.asp
The Anacostia Tributary Trail System provides miles of uninterrupted trails along the tributaries of the Anacostia River through suburban Maryland and parts of the District of Columbia. Listed below are all of the trails included in the trail system.
Anacostia River Trail
Indian Creek Trail
Northeast Branch Trail
Northwest Branch Trail
Paint Branch Trail
Prince George's Connector Trail
Sligo Creek Trail
Rhode Island Ave. Trolley Trail
Most Current Information & Maps: http://www.pgparks.com/Your_Parks/Trails.htm
The 5.6-mile trail from Route 450 in Glenn Dale, running northeasterly to the Patuxent River, includes five bridge crossings, two tunnel crossings, and two at-grade intersections. Ancillary facilities include trail head parking and rest areas with benches, bike racks, and landscaping. The 10-foot wide bituminous trail runs from Glenn Dale through Bowie, and opened in November 2000. The trail will eventually be extended across the Patuxent River into Anne Arundel County.
The 100-foot-wide W&OD has been called "the skinniest park in Virginia." But it is also one of the longest parks, 45 miles of paved trail for walking, running, bicycling and skating and 32 miles of adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding. Built on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, the multi-use W&OD Trail runs through the urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia. http://www.nvrpa.org/park/w_od_railroad or http://www.wodfriends.org/
The Custis Trail is a 6-mile, paved bike trail in Arlington County, Virginia that extends from Key Bridge at Rosslyn westward to Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29) in East Falls Church. It connects at its east end to the Mount Vernon Trail, which continues east and south along the Potomac River to Mount Vernon and at its west end to the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail, which continues northwest to Purcellville, Virginia. The Four Mile Run Trail and the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail share parts of its route near its west end. http://bikewashington.org/trails/wad/custis.htm
A well traveled route along the Potomac River, the Mount Vernon Trail takes bicyclists, joggers and hikers from Roosevelt Island near Key Bridge to George Washington's home in Mount Vernon (now Fairfax County), Va. The route affords riders beautiful vistas of the Potomac River and of the national memorials, the U.S. Capitol and the National Cathedral. http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/mtvernontrail.htm
The Cross County Trail is more than 40 miles in length, from the Potomac River in Great Falls Park in the north to the Occoquan River in Occoquan Regional Park in the south. Users can experience a variety of landscapes, from remote wooded terrain to ballfields and developed parks, from wide stream valleys to rolling hills. The trail surface varies too, with parts of the trail wide, paved formal paths and others stonedust or even natural surface trails more appropriate to hikers, mountain bikers or equestrians. The trail crosses several streams and many of the county's main east-west roads. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cct/
The trails that make up the Washington DC's Trail Network are all multipurpose trails and should be used in a manner consistent with the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all. We urge all users to be respectful of others and to use the trails safely.
Following simple guidelines can ensure trail safety and harmony:
• Ride at a reasonable speed and watch for the unexpected
• Slow down when the trail is crowded
• Announce that you are passing by saying, "passing," ringing a bell, or by making some other audible signal.
• Stay to the right
• Move off the trail when stopping
• Obey crossing signs or signals and cross with care.