A Capital Trails Network Model for the Nation

Mount Vernon Trail | Washington, D.C.

Explore the Network Footprint

While the full corridors and route plan are still under development, many core spines of the Capital Trails Coalition (CTC) regional trails network are complete and will serve as the superstructure upon which the rest of the network is linked. They include trails and trail connectors in the following locations:

  • Two counties in Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George’s
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Three jurisdictions in Virginia: City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County

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Core Spines of the Network

Mount Vernon Trail | Photo by Milo Bateman

The National Park Service’s Paved Trail Plan for the National Capital Region also serves as a blueprint for connecting existing and planned trails in the region and is at the core of the regional trails network.

Core spines of the regional trails network include:

  • The 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail, which connects Georgetown in D.C. to Bethesda, Maryland
  • The 8-mile Met Branch Trail, an important trail-to-transit commuting route that runs through several underserved communities as it makes its way from Union Station in D.C. to Silver Spring, Maryland
  • The 45-mile Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park trail, which runs from urban Arlington to Purcellville in Virginia and helps make up the western portion of the network
  • The 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail, a central segment of the network, which follows the George Washington Memorial Parkway from Alexandria south to George Washington’s residence at Mount Vernon
  • The 13-mile Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail, which stretches toward Baltimore in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties

Anacostia River Trail

One of the first major trails to open since the coalition has formed is the Kenilworth section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, a 4-mile segment that will connect the 15 miles of the trail in D.C. to more than 40 miles of the Tributary Trails in Prince George’s County, Maryland. That means that the tens of thousands of people that live in the suburbs to the northeast of D.C. can now safely walk or bike into the city on separated multiuse trails.

Get Involved

Local, regional or state level (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) organizations—nonprofit, private sector or public sector—are encouraged to join the Capital Trails Coalition's efforts. For updates on the project or to learn how you can help make the project a reality, join the mailing list.