Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Pedestrians and cyclists on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

Project Overview

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail serves as a backbone of the Anacostia Waterfront, connecting residents, visitors and communities to the river, one another and numerous commercial and recreational destinations.

Once complete, the trail will provide seamless, scenic travel for pedestrians and bicyclists along the river to the Fish Market, Nationals Park, Historic Anacostia, RFK Stadium, the National Arboretum and 16 communities between the National Mall at the Tidal Basin and Bladensburg Marina Park in Maryland. To date, 15 of the ultimate 28 miles of the Riverwalk Trail are open and heavily used.

In Spring 2012, two new portions of the trail opened:

  • The western of two fiberglass-decked, weathering steel bridges over railroad tracks along either side of the Anacostia River just north of the John Philip Sousa Bridge; and
  • Maine Avenue, which better connects the Tidal Basin to the Fish Market/Southwest Waterfront.

The second, or eastern, of the two fiberglass bridges over railroad tracks opened in May 2013, completing trail connections on both sides of the river from South Capitol Street to Benning Road.

Design of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment, which will extend the trail from Benning Road to the Bladensburg Trail in Maryland, concluded in July 2013. The project was advertised for construction in Fall 2013 and construction commenced in Spring 2014.

Other segments to complete the Riverwalk are to be constructed as part of the South Capitol Street Corridor, Buzzard Point and Oxon Run projects, various partner development projects or, in the case of the Arboretum segment, by the National Park Service.

Key Project Elements

  • Installed shared-use paths and educational signage;
  • Enhance trail viewsheds to bring users closer to the water’s edge; and
  • Minimize impacts of paving or other trail infrastructure on the natural environment.


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Milestone Date
Opened Maine Avenue March 2012
Opened West FRP Bridge April 2012
Completed Design of Kenilworth Gardens July 2013
Opened East FRP Bridge May 2013
Advertised Kenilworth Gardens for Construction Fall 2013
Begin Construction of Kenilworth Gardens Winter 2014
Complete Construction of Kenilworth Gardens Early 2016


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