Bike & Water Trails

Nowhere in the Capital region are attractions as easily accessible and physically connected
by a bikeable and walkable scenic greenway.

Bike Trails


Anacostia Tributary Trail System

Linking the Heritage Area’s concentration of cultural and historical resources is the Anacostia Tributary Trails System. Visitors may fly, drive, cycle or walk to the area, stay overnight at a comfortable hotel or campsite, use any of the numerous recreational facilities, visit museums, conduct research on a multitude of subjects, and view an art exhibit all without ever traveling more than a quick bike ride or walk from the Anacostia Tributary Trails System. Don’t miss our annual Rivers to Rockets Bike Rally each year.

The Anacostia Tributary Trail System, operated by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, forms a backbone for the Heritage Area. Restaurants and attractions are positioned close to the trail — making the experience even richer.  If you are a rider from the DC metro area or from around the world, you will have a great time on the trails.


Road Island Trolley Trail

Connecting Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, and College Park, this trail has a rich history in the region’s transportation history. Originally established prior to 1794 as a post road for delivering mail, the Road Island Trolley Trail later became U.S. Route 1.

All bike trails can also be used as walking trails.

Water Trails


Anacostia Water Trail

“Discover the natural abundance of the Anacostia River…The Anacostia River corridor has lots of options for outdoor fun and the Anacostia Water Trail can help you find them…The trail covers a nine-mile stretch of the Anacostia River, running from Bladensburg, Maryland, through Washington, DC, to its juncture with the Potomac River about two miles south of Capitol Hill. Along this trail, the character of the river varies remarkably. Upstream you’ll find forests, wetlands, and wildlife that seem amazingly removed from the city. Downstream are hubs of riverfront recreation, with community parks, restaurants, and sporting events.” 

— Anacostia Watershed Society


“The Patuxent Water Trail offers visitors the opportunity to paddle the river, camp along its banks, and visit its numerous parks, historic sites, and wildlife areas.”

— Patuxent River Trail/Patuxent Riverkeeper