Arboretum Bridge and Trail

Project Overview


The Arboretum Bridge and Trail Project is a key route being designed as part of the Anacostia River Trail (ART) network, which will be 28-miles long when fully developed. It will provide the missing passageway between the Anacostia waterfront and the U.S. National Arboretum, which annually garners over 500,000 visitors. The crossing will be ADA compliant and will improve access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, kayakers, canoers, rowers, anglers and  wildlife observers.

The project is situated on National Park Service lands and upon completion will create a connection between the Arboretum and Kenilworth Park North, and adjacent neighborhoods including Mayfair, Kenilworth-Parkside and River Terrace.  Slated to be completed in 2023, this project will improve mobility along the Anacostia River and connect visitors and residents to the District’s scenic natural environment. 

The ART stretches from the tidal basin to the District’s northeast border with Maryland and connects 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, Southwest Waterfront, Nationals Park, Washington Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, National Arboretum, and other popular destinations. 

The DDOT team will engage with residents, ANC Commissioners, civic organization leaders, businesses, and other stakeholders to provide periodic updates on the status of the project.



  • Scenic pedestrian bridge over the Anacostia River

  • Improved river access from shorelines

  • Park-like landscaping and removal of invasive species