The Anacostia Riverwalk is a new multi-use trail along the east and west banks of the Anacostia River stretching from Prince George’s County, Maryland to the Tidal Basin and the National Mall in Washington, DC. The project is estimated to cost over $50 million. The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is one of a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the District of Columbia’s larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. From the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland, the 30-year, $10 billion plan is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront destination.
The trail will eventually stretch for 20 miles from the city to the suburbs. A popular stretch of the trail runs from Nationals Park to the Washington Navy Yard. More than 12 miles of the trail is already open and heavily used. Construction on the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Segment of the Riverwalk Trail opened in October 2016. This portion extends from Benning Road NE to the Bladensburg Trail in Maryland. Other segments to complete the Riverwalk Trail are to be constructed as part of the Buzzard Point Trail Project, South Capitol Street Trail Project, and various partner development projects along Maryland and Virginia Avenues SE Washington DC.
In Maryland, the trail will link to more than 40 miles of trails that travel throughout the Anacostia River Tributary System and connect to numerous schools, businesses, libraries, museums, shopping centers and Metro and MARC transit stations. When the Anacostia Riverwalk is complete, residents and visitors will be able to walk and bike along the trail to the following popular destinations: